Applications open for Ottawa’s 2024 Paint It Up! program

By Alex Black

The City of Ottawa is encouraging local youth to help deter vandalism and beautify the community through public art.

The Paint It Up! program is back and applications are now open.

Paint It Up! is a youth engagement program which aims to promote the use of outdoor murals, support local arts and culture, enhance the city’s beauty for residents and visitors and engage youth in positive skill-building experiences.

Funding is available for local organizations wanting to hire youth to create murals in neighbourhoods experiencing a high rate of tagging and vandalism.

Since 2010, the program has involved more than 2,925 youth in 103 murals across the city. 

Organizations interested in applying can attend a virtual information session on Thursday, Feb. 1.

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, visit

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