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Keep America Beautiful Announces 2012 Graffiti Hurts® Grant Program

 STAMFORD, Conn. (May 7, 2012) —Keep America Beautiful, Inc. today announced the availability of its 2012 Graffiti Hurts® Grant Program, designed to assist communities in augmenting their local graffiti prevention activities. With municipal government funding under increasing burdens, KAB hopes that the grant program will serve as a catalyst to combat the economic and quality-of-life setback caused by graffiti vandalism.

Keep America Beautiful is offering six grants for the 2012 program: four cash grants of $2,500 each; two graffiti-resistant paint product grants from The Sherwin-Williams Company valued at $2,500 each; and one FlashCAM from Q-Star Technology, valued at $6,100.

“Preventing and abating graffiti vandalism helps to keep our cities and towns cleaner, safer and more livable,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matt McKenna. “Keep America Beautiful values our partnership with Sherwin-Williams for bringing needed resources to communities, raising awareness about the harmful effects of graffiti vandalism and activating proven prevention methods.”

“Sherwin-Williams is delighted to partner with Keep America Beautiful to deliver the Graffiti Hurts program to organizations and communities across the country,” said Harvey Sass, president & general manager, Diversified Brands Division, The Sherwin-Williams Company.  “Recognizing the reality of local government’s budget constraints, Sherwin-Williams is pleased to offer these awards to help jumpstart or continue their graffiti eradication efforts.”

Local governments, police departments, youth groups, downtown associations, crime prevention organizations, and other groups dedicated to eradicating graffiti vandalism are encouraged to apply.  (Businesses that make or operate graffiti-removal equipment or technologies are not eligible.)

Proposed projects can address graffiti prevention and education, eradication, or enforcement of local anti-graffiti laws. Programs that focus on prevention initiatives, including Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), and engaging and educating youth are encouraged.

The deadline for all applications is June 15, 2012. All interested communities and organizations should complete the online application available at Grant winners will be announced by September 12, 2012.

The following organizations were the recipients of the 2011 Graffiti Hurts Grant Program awards:

$2,500 cash grant recipients

  • Casa Grande Police Department – Casa Grande, Ariz.
  • Keep Victoria Beautiful – Victoria, Texas
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America of East County – Santee, Calif.
  • Keep Manatee Beautiful – Bradenton, Fla.

$2,500 Sherwin –Williams paint supply certificate recipients

  • Downtown Westfield Corporation – Westfield, N.J.
  • Downtown Visalians – Visalia, Calif.
  • Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership – Pittsburgh, Penn.

Q-Star FlashCAM recipient

  • Tyler Against Graffiti – Tyler, Texas

About Keep America Beautiful, Inc. and its Graffiti Hurts® Program
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization, whose network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For additional information, visit Graffiti Hurts® is a community-based graffiti prevention program of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. that provides resources to help communities assess the graffiti problem, initiate graffiti prevention activities, and educate youth and adults about the impact of graffiti vandalism on neighborhoods. For additional information, visit



Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s largest volunteer-based community improvement organization, announced today the record-setting goal of recruiting 4 million volunteers to support its Great American Cleanup 2012 initiative that kicks off this month – nearly a quarter million more volunteers than last year.

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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Keep America Beautiful
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Stamford, CT 06901
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