Keep America Beautiful, Inc. has announced the availability of its 2011 Graffiti Hurts
® Grant Program, to help communities step up local graffiti prevention activities.
With budget cuts and funding shortfalls affecting many municipal governments and local community improvement groups, KAB hopes the grants will provide a valuable incentive to combating the myriad economic and quality-of-life impacts of graffiti vandalism.
Keep America Beautiful is offering an expanded grants program for 2011, with eight unique awards. Communities will be able to apply for one of four grants of $2,500; one of three $2,500 certificates for Sherwin-Williams graffiti-resistant paint; or one ‘Flashcam' from Q-star valued at $6,100.
Local governments, police departments, youth groups, downtown associations, crime prevention organizations, and other groups dedicated to eradicating graffiti vandalism are encouraged to apply. (Businesses that make or operate graffiti-removal equipment or technologies are not eligible.)
Proposed projects can address graffiti prevention and education, eradication, or enforcement of local anti-graffiti laws. Programs that focus on prevention initiatives, including Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), and engaging and educating youth are encouraged.
The deadline for all applications is June 13. All interested communities and organizations should complete the online application available at www.kab.org/grants.