The Andrews Labor Government is helping local communities to protect their neighbourhoods from illegal graffiti, with applications now open for the Graffiti Prevention Grants program.
Northern Victorian community groups can team up with their local council to apply for a grant of up to $30,000 to tackle graffiti vandalism in their neighbourhoods and increase perceptions of public safety.
Labor Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said local councils can apply for a grant in partnership with local schools, sporting groups, police, small businesses or other community groups.
The grants support councils to develop comprehensive graffiti management strategies through graffiti audits, research and consultations with the community and other activities.
Local graffiti prevention projects that are eligible include vertical gardens, murals and public art, graffiti removal activities and anti-graffiti education programs that engage young people, local businesses and residents.
The Labor Government has provided nearly $1.8 million in grant funding to 91 Graffiti Prevention Grant projects since 2015, including 19 projects supported in the recent 2018-19 grant round.
The grants are part of the government’s Community Crime Prevention Program, which supports local communities to prevent crime and improve community safety.
Applications for the Graffiti Prevention Grants 2019-20 round close on Friday 26 April, at 4pm. To apply or for further information, visit www.crimeprevention.vic.gov.au/graffitigrants
Quotes attributable to for Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“Northern Victorian residents take pride in their neighbourhoods and illegal graffiti can have negative impacts on the look and feel of an area.”
“These grants will support community-led projects that prevent graffiti vandalism, beautify spaces and improve perceptions of public safety.”