Applications are now open for the 2024 Paint It Up! program

A mural on the side of a building featuring orange and red maple leaves and a closeup of a chickadee on a branch.

Looking for a way to help deter vandalism and beautify the community while empowering our city’s youth through public art? Look no further than the Paint It Up! program. 

What is Paint It Up!? 

Paint It Up! is a youth engagement program funded by Public Works and administered by Community and Social Services (CSS) at the City of Ottawa. It promotes the use of outdoor murals to:  

  • Support local arts and culture 

  • Enhance the city’s beauty for residents and visitors 

  • Engage youth in positive skill-building experiences 

Funding is available through Community Safety and Well-Being, Policy, and Analytics within CSS for local organizations wanting to hire youth to create murals in neighbourhoods experiencing a high rate of tagging and vandalism. Since 2010, Paint It Up! has involved more than 2,925 youth in 103 murals across the city.  

How to apply 

Organizations interested in applying can attend a virtual information session on Thursday, February 1. Please register on

Before applying for funding through Paint It Up!, applicants must secure property authorization and apply for preliminary location approval for their mural project through the Mural Application Form on Please apply for location approval as soon as possible between Friday, February 2 and Saturday, March 2. 

Those interested in participating will need to keep two deadlines in mind:  

  • You must submit your location for approval by Saturday, March 2 via the mural application form. 

  • The complete application will need to be submitted by Thursday, April 4.  

For more information on the Paint It Up! Program, please visit

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