Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful’s Graffiti Prevention Grants Awarded to Seven Local Organizations

STAMFORD, Conn. (Oct. 12, 2012) —Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) today announced the winners of the 2012 Graffiti Hurts® Grant Program. This year, KAB provided four $2,500 cash grants as well as two $2,500 paint supply certificates from The Sherwin-Williams Company. Q-Star also provided a FlashCAM, valued at $6,100, to one deserving recipient. The FlashCAM is a deterrent system effective in preventing illegal trespassing during hours it most often occurs.

$2,500 cash grant recipients:

  • Population >250,000: University Heights Tool Library, Buffalo, N.Y., and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Population 75,000 – 250,000: Community Housing of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Population < 75,000: French Quarter Business Association, New Orleans, La.

$2,500 Sherwin –Williams paint supply certificate recipients:

  • Population > 75,000: The Our Town Project, Oakland, Calif.
  • Population < 75,000: California State University-Northridge, Northridge, Calif.

Q-Star FlashCAM recipient:

  • Keep Las Cruces Beautiful, Las Cruces, N.M.

“The recipients of this year’s Graffiti Hurts Grant Program remind us how powerful volunteer action can be in solving a community’s challenges,” said Matthew McKenna, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “We’re grateful to The Sherwin-Williams Company for its ongoing support of the Graffiti Hurts program, a nationwide resource for addressing graffiti problems.”

Responding to the blight of graffiti vandalism, the Graffiti Hurts® program was developed in 1996 through a partnership between Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s largest nonprofit education and volunteer action organization, and The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW), maker of Krylon paint.  The Graffiti Hurts® Grant Program was initiated in 2007. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, graffiti contributes to lost revenue associated with reduced ridership on transit systems, reduced retail sales, and declines in the value of surrounding residential and commercial property.

“The Graffiti Hurts Grant Program provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the attendant costs of graffiti vandalism and the creative solutions that these local partners employ to eradicate blight,” said Harvey Sass, President and General Manager, Diversified Brands Division, The Sherwin-Williams Company. “Sherwin-Williams is very proud to lend support for these award-winning local initiatives.”

For more information regarding the winning grant communities, please visit: Hurts.

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc. and Graffiti Hurts®
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For additional information, visit For more information about Graffiti Hurts® and its resources to help communities prevent graffiti, visit or contact


The Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest community improvement movement that launches more than 30,000 programs with 1,200 affiliates and participating organizations convening millions of volunteers.  Volunteers participate in a variety of activities focused on waste reduction, recycling, beautification and community greening.

“Our mission is to engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their communities,” said Matt McKenna, KAB chief executive officer and president. “We're fully committed to accelerating the positive impact of the Great American Cleanup each year. To achieve this, we must recruit new volunteers who want to contribute to building sustainable communities. I’m confident that we’ll meet our goal of recruiting and activating an army of 4 million strong this year.”

To support this call-to-action, KAB has declared the first-ever “National Day of Action” on Saturday, April 28 with activities taking place in nearly all 50 states.  Special events are planned in 10 locations, including Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, Cocoa, FL., Indianapolis, IN, Cobb County, GA, Hampton Roads, VA, Houston, TX, Shreveport, LA, Philadelphia, PA and Nashville, TN. Each of these locations will lead large-scale cleanups and other coordinated events. For details, visit

In 2011, more than 3.8 million volunteers in 16,500 communities took part in 30,600 Great American Cleanup events. Highlights included:

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