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2012 Graffiti Hurts Application


Graffiti Hurts Grant Application

 Deadline: June 15, 2012 (11:59 pm EST)

The Graffiti Hurts® National Grant Program aims to help communities kick-start or add to a local graffiti prevention program. Grant funds may also be used for a one-time project that has the potential to significantly reduce graffiti in the community.

Grants will be offered to communities in three population categories - community under 75,000 population, community between 75,000 and 250,000 population, and community over 250,000 population. Grant funds must be used for projects that begin by Fall 2012 and are completed no later than December 31, 2013.

For the 2012 program, six grants will be awarded: four cash grants of $2,500 each; two paint product grants from Sherwin-Williams valued at $2,500 each; and one FlashCAM from Q-Star Technology valued at $6,100. To learn more about the FlashCAM and before applying for this category, be sure to visit:

Proposed projects can address graffiti prevention and education, rapid removal, or help to enforce local anti-graffiti laws.  Programs that focus on graffiti prevention initiatives, including Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), and engaging and educating youth are encouraged. Businesses that make or operate graffiti removal equipment or technologies are not eligible.  

All applicants will be notified of status by September 12, 2012. 

Grants will be awarded to applicants that meet the following criteria*. The proposed project will:

  • Contribute to a comprehensive effort to prevent graffiti in the community.
  • Implement an innovative or proven technique to address graffiti prevention.
  • Help educate the community about graffiti prevention.
  • Involve community partners, and encourage adult and youth citizen volunteers.
  • Help develop a sustainable graffiti prevention effort. 

*Grant funds may not be used to pay in full for items such as cameras, equipment, personnel salaries, prize money, etc.

Any of the following groups are eligible to apply for a Graffiti Hurts® grant:

Nonprofit, Civic, and Community Organizations
Includes neighborhood groups (e.g., Neighborhood Watch), crime prevention associations, civic clubs or organizations, and other nonprofit groups.

Youth Groups/Schools
Includes any group of youth such as Girl/Boy Scouts, 4-H, Girls/Boys Clubs, YW/YMCAs, and students in a class, grade or school club.

Government Agencies
Includes city, county, state and federal government agencies, or subdivisions within these agencies (e.g., department of public works), and police departments or other law enforcement.

For more information on Graffiti Hurts® please visit:

 Please note: If you are a recipient of a 2012 Graffiti Hurts® grant, you will be asked to submit a brief report outlining your accomplishments, including additional photographs to be taken during the project.

1. Contact Information  















Question - Required - Type(s) of grant(s) you would like to be considered for. (If you select paint product certificate or Flashcam, your application should reflect how you would use these items in your community.)
Please make between 1 and 3 selections from the choices below.


2. How to Apply

Only entries in compliance with the following guidelines will be judged:

  • Complete contact information filled in as requested above and included in first page of Proposal Summary.
  • Complete a Proposal Summary (not to exceed 4 pages, double-spaced) outlining the proposed project using the guidelines in the “Writing Your Proposal Summary” section below (in Word doc or PDF).
  • Letter of Recommendation - Provide at least one letter of recommendation from an elected official, sponsor, or project partner that support the credibility and impact of your graffiti  prevention project.
  • Budget - Include a simple project budget outlining how grant funds will be used, as well as any other direct or in-kind support.
  • Supplemental Materials (optional) - Up to 4 pages (numbering each page, 1-4) of   Supplemental Materials, to include more detailed project descriptions, plans and schedule, etc.
  • Photos (optional) - You may submit photographs as part of your Supplemental Materials.  Please provide photo captions.  Photos are best submitted in electronic form as a JPG file. Pictures will become the property of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., and may be used on our web site or in other communications materials. Please limit photos of graffiti vandalism. 


3. Writing Your Proposal Summary

Include the name of your organization, city, and state along with your population category in the top right-hand corner of the first page of the Proposal Summary.
Please indicate which grant you would like to be considered for: cash grant, paint product certificate, and/or Flashcam. 

Goals. Begin with a Statement of Objective for the project (proposed or underway). What is the project purpose? How will it impact graffiti prevention? How does it fit into a comprehensive graffiti initiative? 

Description. Describe the project and how it will respond to the local graffiti vandalism problem. Describe the graffiti problem to be addressed.  What activities will be involved?  Include any aspects of the program you consider to be innovative.  Include specific description of how grant funds will be used.

Partnerships. Describe partnerships with the community, businesses, schools, government resources, individuals, etc. that will help make the project a success.  Describe the roles and responsibilities for each group that will work on the proposed project to address graffiti vandalism.

Measurement. Describe the methodology to be used to measure project success.

Communications. Describe a communications plan that will build awareness in the community for the graffiti prevention project.


4. Upload Application

When you click on the "Submit Application" button below, your information will be forwarded to Keep America Beautiful, and you will be redirected to a secure upload page. Click on "Secure Upload" to begin transfer of your written Proposal Summary and supporting materials. If your summary and files are not ready now, simply return to at any time to upload your materials. Please include all requested details in the upload form.

To receive a receipt confirming that your files were received, be sure to check the "Notify me" option.

Winners in each category will be notified by September 12, 2011. Award winners may not be selected in every category.

Keep America Beautiful reserves the right to use, reproduce, edit, or publish the submitted information. By submission of this form, you agree that Keep America Beautiful has the right to use any portion of your entry, name, and likeness.

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