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Graffiti Prevention Murals

Murals are an effective way to deter graffiti vandalism.  This mural grant is specifically for properties that have a history of graffiti.

Since 2010, the Community Mural Matching Grant Program has supported non-profit community agencies that develop murals in Edmonton neighbourhoods. The goal is to deter graffiti and create a shared responsibility for graffiti prevention in Edmonton.

In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday, community mural matching grants will be for $5000, with a 25% matching fund requirement. All murals must be completed in 2017, otherwise, reimbursement will be based on completed work.

Community mural grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Capital City Clean Up has funded 19 murals this season and we are no longer accepting applications.   

Who Can Apply?

Applicants must be an organization, association, society or nonprofit agency.

Where can murals be done?

Applicants must operate within Edmonton and must be putting the mural on a building, structure or property within Edmonton city limits. Murals must be placed on buildings/structures with a documented history of graffiti vandalism or those that may be prone to graffiti vandalism due to their location.


Applicants are responsible to ensure that any necessary permits and approvals (private and/or public) are in place.

The application will only be considered if it has been signed by the legal property owner giving their permission for the mural and all supporting permits and approvals have been provided.


Funds, to a maximum of $5000, are available on a matching basis.

Applicants must match 25% of the total project cost with a combination of donations, volunteer equity, direct dollars, or grants.

Matching funding cannot be provided by other City of Edmonton program sources.

Projects must be completed, including submission of the all final project reporting requirements,by December 15, 2017 to receive full grant funds.

Fundable Expenses

Honorarium and fees for artists for creative design/input, production or consultation.

Wall preparation and painting supplies, including but not limited to paint, brushes, rollers, sandpaper, plaster,protective coatings, etc.

Hosting costs for production or project celebrations (may not exceed 15% of the complete project budget).

Non-Fundable Expenses

Alcohol, on-going operating expenses of an organization, facility maintenance or repair and ongoing salaries.


It is up to the community group to select the artists or group to design the mural. You may wish to work with a new up-and-coming artist, a member of your community with art experience or the local school art department.  You may also choose to hire a professional artist.


It is recommended that applicants use volunteers whenever possible for your mural project.  Volunteers will help you reduce costs and create community support.  If using volunteers, the applicant is responsible for all volunteers ensuring that:

  • At minimum there is one on-site volunteer supervisor aged 18 years or older
  • Appropriate volunteer screening is completed
  • Volunteers have signed all waivers
  • Volunteers are provided with all necessary training
  • Volunteers follow all safety guidelines as provided by the applicant


The Paint Spot is a proud sponsor of the Community Mural Matching Grants program

The Paint Spot will provide a 30% discount to all program participants.

The Paint Spot is also available to present “How to do a Community Mural” talk and mentoring to Community Leagues and other groups. It is a colourful PowerPoint and covers some basics about budgeting and paint yields. The cost is a $100 honorarium to Paint Spot.

For More Information

Capital City Clean Up

If you need high quality images of any of our posters, contact our office.


To report graffiti vandalism, litter or discarded needles dial 311 (or 780-442-5311)

For Capital City Clean Up program inquiries, call 311

Fax 780-498-7098

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