Murals are an important form of public art that can have a profound and positive impact on a city and its well-being. They help transform spaces, encourage people to engage with their environment, shape a community’s identity and deter graffiti vandalism.
Murals can foster wonder, pride, inspiration and a feeling of safety and are a powerful tool for making cities more vibrant and meaningful places to live.
Since the program’s inception in 2011, Capital City Clean Up has funded more than 70 murals.
In 2024, our Community Mural Grant will again offer organizations, licensed businesses or community leagues a maximum of $8,000 to help fund the creation of a mural within the community.
This funding can be used for consultations, artist services, paint supplies, anti-graffiti coating or other needs associated with the creation and installation of a mural.
Community Mural Grant Projects for community leagues, non-profit organizations or licensed businesses will be eligible for funding based on a matching funds basis
Matching funds cannot be provided by other City of Edmonton source
Note: Grant funding for the Community Mural Grant is provided on a reimbursement basis.
March 1 - May 15, 2024
Grant application submission
May 31, 2024
Applicants notified by email about application decision
November 29, 2024
Final reporting for grant recipients due
Grant applicants must be non-profit organizations, licensed businesses or community leagues.
Location of the mural must be an external wall or asset with high visibility.
The location of the mural must be on private property and not City of Edmonton property (Community League buildings are permitted).
The legal property owner must provide written permission.
25% of the requested funding must be matched through finances, donations, or in-kind contributions towards the mural project’s total cost. This contribution may include staff labour, mural supplies or cash towards the mural project. For example, if the mural organizers request $8,000 from the City, they would be expected to contribute at least an additional $2,000 toward the mural total cost.
Must submit a proposed budget, project timeline, and mural mockup or thumbnail sketch with application.
Project should have at least 1 community engagement component that can be anecdotal or numerically measured.
The City reserves the right to deny requests that do not merit public support or are mainly personal, private, political, polarizing or commercial in nature. Please note that advertising, political messages or content deemed as offensive or hateful will not be accepted for grant funding.
Conditional Acceptance Criteria
Only needed after an applicant is successful in the selection process (as a condition to funding):
Proof of $2,000,000 in liability insurance
Final report at the end of the project that includes receipts and before/after photos by November 29, 2024
Honorarium and fees for artists. This includes creative design, production or consultation.
Wall preparation and painting supplies (including but not limited to: paint, brushes, rollers, sandpaper, plaster and protective coatings).
Lifts and equipment rentals for larger murals.
Costs associated with community engagement (examples: education/teachings of the art to the artists working on the mural, learnings/honorariums about the background or meaning of the created art, flyers, advertising or surveys on the mural).
May not exceed 25% of the complete project budget
Copies of these materials must be provided in the final report as well as a summary of the results involving the mural or feedback surveys conducted by the applicant
Hosting costs for production or project celebrations
Ongoing operating expenses for an organization
Ongoing salaries for an organization
Facility maintenance or repair, including maintenance to an existing mural
Expenses incurred prior to application approval
A photo of the mural location
A mockup or thumbnail sketch of artwork for the project