Keep Victoria Beautiful receives $2,500 grant to fight graffiti
Oct. 31, 2011 at 5:31 a.m.
Keep Victoria Beautiful is $2,500 richer.
The organization was one of eight to receive a Keep America Beautiful 2011 Graffiti Hurts Grant Program award. The grant program was established in 2007 to help support programs that combat graffiti vandalism.
Victoria, until several months ago, faced a daunting challenge with graffiti around the city, said Thomas Yantis, Keep Victoria Beautiful's executive director. With help from the city, Victoria Police Department's crime prevention department and volunteers, however, he said the problem has more or less been wiped out.
Grant money will go to acquire equipment such as paint brushes and pressure washers, and to identify those responsible for the graffiti, he explained.
This year's award recipients presented exceptional plans to educate and engage at-risk youth, and bring communities together to prevent and eradicate graffiti, said Matthew McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful.
Keep Victoria Beautiful turns every $1 it receives into $12 of impact, through a multiplier effect, Yantis said.
"Myself and the board are absolutely excited at the opportunities this grant brings," he said.