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 2014 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 2013 projects. Click to view Map with pictures of the murals. Get inspired and take a look at the murals created across the city in 2013 in this photo report.

Applications must be postmarked, e-mailed, or received by 4 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014. 


Visit the murals
Get out your bike or walking shoes and check out the 2010 to 2013 murals. Our interactive map below shows you the locations, photos and descriptions of the murals created so far. Or take a look at this report with photos from our 2013 projects. 

View Paint it up! in a larger map.