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Graffiti Management Grant – Invitation to apply

Grant closes 3pm Wednesday 22 June 2022

NSW Local councils are invited to apply for the 2022 Graffiti Prevention and Management Grant.

Eligibility Registrations close on 3pm Wednesday 22 June 2022 (AEST).

Proposals that meet the Graffiti Management Grant Guidelines and address the assessment criteria and objectives of the program are eligible.

Proposals that meet the guidelines and address the assessment criteria and objectives of the program are eligible.

Graffiti management projects councils may consider include:

•    area beautification, including though creating legal community art programs or initiatives such as installing community murals to deter offenders and improve streetscapes.
•    graffiti removal initiatives such as rapid graffiti removal toolkits, applying anti-graffiti coatings to make removal easier and walls less appealing to offenders
•    support for community groups interested in addressing graffiti, including adopt-a-space and care-for-an-area projects
•    planting trees or other vegetation to make graffiti-prone walls more difficult to access and less attractive to offenders

Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate:
•    a need for graffiti management, for example, where there is a high incidence of graffiti related crime
•    that the proposed project to be funded address a graffiti management related need in the LGA
•    that the Local Council has the capability to successfully deliver the proposed project

Local Councils are permitted to use the grant to supporting existing graffiti management initiatives.

All local councils are eligible to apply for the grant by completing an application through Smarty Grants by 3pm Wednesday 22 June 2022. Applicants are also encouraged to review the Graffiti Management Grant Guidelines.

Successful applicants will be required to enter into a Funding Performance Agreement with the Department to receive the funds and are required to deliver their projects within 12 months, with a report due at the project’s completion.

If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact us at

Crime prevention plans

In accordance with the Children (Protection and Parental Responsibility) Act 1997, the Department of Justice supports local councils as lead agencies for identifying and implementing local crime prevention strategies in NSW.

Such strategies may be submitted to the Department for endorsement and possible funding. Visit the NSW crime prevention grants page for more information about applying for funding to implement a local crime prevention strategy

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is the use of effective design strategies to improve the safety and quality of urban environments. The aim of CPTED is to reduce opportunities for crime and create safe urban environments and in so doing increase the amenity, attractiveness and safety of our cities and towns.

CPTED – Graffiti

In April 2011, the Attorney General announced the Government’s new focus on responding to graffiti offences.

The Department of Justice has dedicated a range of resources to addressing this offence, including the analysis of crime data to identify graffiti 'hot spots', and working with local councils to develop plans to prevent graffiti.

Applications for Graffiti Hot Spot CPTED Grants are available by invitation only to councils with the highest recorded incidents of graffiti.