Crime Prevention Ottawa, in partnership with the City, is calling for applications for mural projects that promote graffiti prevention, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa.

Since 2010, Paint it Up! has helped youth and community groups with the execution of outdoor murals in neighbourhoods experiencing high rates of graffiti. Outdoor murals help manage graffiti vandalism, enhance beautification, support local arts, contribute to economic development and engage at-risk youth. The program is one component of the City’s Graffiti Management Strategy.

In its nine years of operation, the program has engaged more than 1,900 youth, ranging in age from 12 to 22 years, working on close to 65 projects across the city, with an average project grant of $5,000. Each project, under the guidance of an adult mentor and in consultation with a non-profit organization, seeks to increase the skills and the employability of the youth engaged in the project.

The application process opens February 7, 2019 and the deadline to submit is Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Learn more about the program and download an application form.

Specific questions about the program can be directed to Nancy Worsfold, Executive Director, Crime Prevention Ottawa at 613-580-2424, ext 28518.

To see examples of Paint it Up! murals completed in recent years, take a look below and get inspired!