Local governments that are fighting graffiti in their communities will get a little extra help from Stamford, Conn.-based Keep America Beautiful (KAB). KAB is increasing the amount of grants in its Graffiti Hurts program for 2009 to fund more graffiti-prevention activities.

This year, KAB will offer three $2,500 grants, an increase of $500 per grant over 2008 awards. The grants will go to one community with less than 100,000 residents, another community with a population between 100,000 and 300,000, and the third grant will go to a community with more than 300,000 people. "The Graffiti Hurts Grant Program supports grassroots efforts that improve local quality of life and engage individuals in taking personal responsibility for their neighborhoods," KAB President and CEO Matt McKenna said in a statement.

Graffiti Hurts grants may be used for graffiti prevention and education, rapid removal or for enforcing anti-graffiti laws. The projects must begin by this fall and finish by December 2010. June 5 is the deadline for applying for grants, and grant awards will be announced on Aug. 1.

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