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.

Since its inception in 2010, Paint it Up! has involved more than 2,673 youth aged 12 to 25. There have been close to 82 mural projects across the city supported by an average grant of $5,000. 

  • How to apply: To find out more about the program, download the guidelines and the application form.
  • New application deadline: Due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19 restrictions, we have extended the application deadline. All applications must be e-mailed to cpo@ottawa.ca no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Important information about COVID-19 restrictions

At this time, we plan to proceed with the 2020 youth mural projects. However, please note that we cannot finalize our grant contracts with recipients until Ottawa Public Health has lifted the current restrictions on gatherings.

How it works

Each project must involve:

  • A pre-approved mural location
  • A non-profit organization with expertise in youth
  • An artist or arts organization with expertise in murals
  • A representative of the proposed location of the mural

It should also:

  • Contribute to a clean, safe and beautiful city
  • Be completed under the guidance of an adult mentor
  • Seek to increase the skills or employability of youth
  • Involve the community, youth and property owner in the mural design
  • Engage youth in all aspects of the project

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Related Paint it Up! Resources

Learn more about the Paint it Up! program, access our guidelines and application form, and find out how to engage youth in your community.