Paint It Up!

Crime Prevention Ottawa, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, offers funding for outdoor mural projects that support graffiti prevention, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods. The Paint it Up! Program empowers youth through community arts.

How it works
Funded projects must contribute to a clean, safe and beautiful city by engaging neighbourhoods and youth in a constructive learning process to create murals to prevent or deter graffiti.

Each project must involve a partnership that includes:

  • a non-profit organization with expertise in working with youth;
  • an artist or arts organization with expertise in creating murals; and
  • a representative of the proposed location of the mural.

The project must be completed by youth under the guidance of an adult mentor knowledgeable in mural art techniques. It must seek to increase the skills and/or the employability of the youth engaged in the project.  Leaders must commit to working with the community, the youth and the property owner on the design of the mural. Youth must be involved in all aspects of the project: community consultation, design and completing the mural itself.

Call for 2015 mural applications

For more information please see the program guidelines and the application form.  You may also want to consult the report on the successful 2014 projects. Click to view Map with pictures of the murals. Get inspired and take a look at the murals created across the city in 2014 in this report.

Check out the past five years of murals with our new video.

Please join us for one of our information sessions:

Monday, February 23rd
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Festival Boardroom, main floor

Tuesday, February 24
5:30 to to 7:00 p.m.
Overbrook Commuity Centre, 33 Quill Street
Workshop 2

To confirm your attendance, please RSVP by e-mail:  or leave a message at 613-580-2424 ext. 25393. If you require special needs accommodation, please advise upon registration.

Applications must be postmarked, e-mailed, or received by 4 p.m. Friday, March 27th, 2015

Visit the murals
Get out your bike or walking shoes and check out the 2010 to 2014 murals. Our interactive map below shows you the locations, photos and descriptions of the murals created so far. Or take a look at this photos report from our 2014 projects. 

View Paint it up! in a larger map.