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Murals are an effective way to create a sense of belonging, animation and character to neighbourhoods. Artist murals contrast the concrete and asphalt while eliminating blank walls that often encourage unwanted behaviours.  

Since 2016, Capital City Cleanup has partnered with nonprofits and provided grant funding to have over 30 murals installed throughout our City. This year, we continue these efforts by offering a Community Mural Grant for up to a maximum of $5,000. This funding can be used for consultations, artist services, paint supplies, anti graffiti coating or other needs associated with the creation and installation of a mural. Mural installation must be completed by September 1st and funding is distributed within 60 days of receiving all receipts and the final report.

Community Mural Grant Qualifications:

  • Complete new grant application form and submit by July 15.

  • Grant applicant must be a non-profit organisation.

  • Location of the mural must be an external wall or asset, with high visibility.

  • Location of the mural must have a proven history of graffiti vandalism.

  • Location of the mural must be on private property and not City of Edmonton property (Community League buildings are permitted).

  • 25% of the requested funding must be matched through finances, donations, or in-kind contributions towards the mural project’s total cost. This contribution may include staff labour, mural supplies or cash towards the mural project. For example, if the mural organizers request $5,000 from the City, they would be expected to contribute at least an additional $1,250 towards the mural total cost. If the mural organizers request $3,000, they would be expected to contribute at least an additional $750 towards the project’s total cost.

  • City sponsored Community Murals are meant to beautify neighbourhoods and not for advertising, political or offensive/hateful purposes. A development permit is required if you intend to incorporate text within your mural. Development permits can be obtained by visiting Permits, Development and Construction

  • Mural installation must be completed by September 1.

  • Submit receipts, photos and any permits by October 1.

Questions can be directed to capitalcitycleanup@edmonton.ca.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be an organization, association, society or non-profit 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.

Permissions/Waivers

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.

Do you know your Grant Account ID?

With our online grant applications, you will need two pieces of information to apply to any grant program:

  1. Your City of Edmonton grants assigned account ID
  2. Your organization or applicant email that is registered with the City of Edmonton Grants Office

To create or retrieve your City of Edmonton account ID:

  • Fill out the Account ID Request Form and a city employee will get back to you within 2 business days with your account information

 If you have any issues with the online application form, please call the Grants Office for assistance at 780-496-4933.

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Need to update your account information?

Once you enter your Account ID and Organization email, your account information will automatically populate on the application. If you noticed that your information is not correct in our system (for example, an address change or main contact change), please contact our office as soon as possible to update your account. Incorrect information can result in a delay or inability to process your grant request.

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Funding/Matching/Timelines

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, 2020 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 and protective coatings. 

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.

Artists

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.

Volunteers

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
Insurance

The applicant must have Liability Insurance of $2,000,000.  

A copy of the insurance certificate will be attached with the application.
 

Final Report

A Final Report is due 90 days before the expiration of the Funding Agreement.  

The Final Report is required before the final funding for your grant is released.

You must include in your Final Report:

  • Photos of the final project
  • All receipts that the grant was approved for
  • The Budget sheet that was sent to you from the Grant Coordinator

For More Information

Capital City Clean Up

If you are calling from outside of Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Telephone

311

Fax 780-498-7098
Email capitalcitycleanup@edmonton.ca

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