Following a pilot programme which funded anti-graffiti actions in parts of Dublin City, Bray and Galway City during 2006 and 2007, the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government and the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs agreed that money be allocated to broaden its scope and geographic spread. Funds will now be available nationally with priority given to RAPID (Revitalising Areas through Planning, Investment and Development) areas, ensuring that funding is targeted to the most concentrated areas of urban disadvantage in the country.
The programme is joint funded by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Assessment of grant applications is administered by Pobal, a not-for-profit company with charitable status that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU. A total of €3.75 million has been set aside for the programme during 2008.
Local groups or consortia of groups and state agencies, with at least three years experience of working on environmental and community safety issues, are eligible to apply for funding. In addition, it is a requirement that the relevant Local Authorities must either be full partners to each proposal or confirm a specified series of supports to the proposal prior to submission. Initiatives funded under this programme should be additional and complementary to existing and planned anti-graffiti programmes.
The objectives of the programme are:
Under Scheme A of the programme, approved RAPID applicants may access an immediate budget of €30,000 for graffiti removal. Scheme B provides funding for longer term and more varied activities connected to the reduction of graffiti, including improved landscape design, educational initiatives, support to businesses and community arts projects to divert young people from destructive graffiti. Under the terms of the programme, Scheme A applicants must supply a commitment to develop a future proposal under Scheme B.
For more information on the Community Graffiti Reduction Programme including guidelines on how to apply for funding, please see the Pobal website at http://www.pobal.ie/live/graffiti