Grantmaking

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Grant Information

Bravo Greater Des Moines leverages community resources to maximize the impact of arts, culture and heritage to advance regional priorities. A primary way we do this is through our Community Investment programs. Bravo’s grant recipients draw tourists, increase resident satisfaction, help attract and retain talent and generally make Greater Des Moines a premier place to live, work, play and visit.

Since 2006, Bravo has awarded more than 1,100 grants to more than 100 arts, culture and heritage organizations and programs totaling more than $46.5 million.

Bravo is almost entirely funded through Hotel/Motel taxes which are projected to be down for the 2022 grant period as an ongoing effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Bravo remains committed to investing as much as possible as efficiently as possible to support our cultural partners.

Eligibility Requirements

Bravo strives to fund a broad range of arts, culture and heritage organizations in Greater Des Moines that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Exempt from tax under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Primary organizational purpose of arts, culture and/or heritage
  • Located in and primarily serving residents of and visitors to local government partners.

Eligible applicants will apply through one of three programs:

  • Cultural Leadership Grants (CLG) – General operating support for organizations with 3-year average revenue (FY18, FY19 & FY20) of at least $2 million that have received Bravo funding in the previous five consecutive grant cycles. Please click here for CLG Guidelines.
  • Cultural Enrichment Grants (CEG) - General operating support for organizations with 3-year average revenue (FY18, FY19 & FY20) of at least $100,000 and typically employs at least one person (employee or independent contractor) year-round for at least 30 hours/week for arts, culture and heritage. Eligible organizations must also have received Bravo funding in the previous three consecutive grant cycles. Please click here for CEG Guidelines. 
  • Arts and Culture Program Grants (ACPG) – Support for arts and culture programs and projects in Greater Des Moines presented by eligible organizations that do not meet funding criteria for CLG or CEG. Please click here for ACPG Guidelines.

The GC22 program grant cycle for only ACPG organizations will cover the grant period: January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022 and the timeline is as follows:

  • January 3, 2022 – Applications available. Please click here for a pdf of application questions. 
  • January 6, 2022 - Office hours for ACPG applicants from 4:30-5:30 pm. Please email grants@bravogreaterdesmoines.org for meeting information.
  • January 12, 2022 - Office hours for ACPG applicants from noon - 1:00 pm. Please email grants@bravogreaterdesmoines.org for meeting information.
  • January 14, 2022 – Deadline for new applicants to meet with Bravo staff
  • January 14, 2022 - Deadline for GC21-2 Final Reports
  • January 21, 2022 – Applications due by 3:00 pm
  • March 10, 2022 – Award notifications sent
  • March 25, 2021 – Signed grant agreements due by 3:00 pm
  • March 28, 2022 – Grant payments sent (Organizations will receive this as one payment rather than a bi-annual or quarterly payment).

For new organizations, please reach out soon to set up a meeting with Bravo staff in early January by emailing grants@bravogreaterdesmoines.org.

Please log into or create a new account in SurveyMonkey Apply to begin the grant application. Complete the Applicant Organization Information Form to gain access to the full Arts and Culture Program Grant application. You may save your progress, continue editing, and review your application before you hit submit.

The GC22 operating grant cycle for CLG and CEG organizations will cover the grant period: January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022.  This will also align with Capital Project Grant application, and the process will be streamlined for your convenience. The timeline for April 2022 and beyond will be posted at a later date. Final reports for GC21-2 are due January 14, 2022 by 3:00 pm to remain in good standing with Bravo.

Additional Resources:

SurveyMonkey Apply FAQ

Tips for writing a successful 2022 ACPG Application

Expense Details for GC22 ACPG Grants

Questions?  Please email grants@bravogreaterdesmoines.org.

Grant funding from Bravo Greater Des Moines is made possible by the contributions of the following local government partners: Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Polk County, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights.