Grantmaking

Bravo Greater Des Moines leverages community resources to maximize impact of arts, culture, and heritage to advance regional priorities. A primary way we do this is through our community investment grantmaking programs.  Bravo’s cultural partner grantees draw regional tourism, increase resident satisfaction, help attract and retain talent and generally make Greater Des Moines a premier place to work live and play.

 Since 2006, Bravo has awarded 896 grants to more than 100 arts, culture and heritage organizations and programs totaling more than $35 million.

FALL GRANT CYCLE IS NOW OPEN!

Bravo Greater Des Moines’ Cultural Enrichment Grant Cycle 2019 (GC19 CEG) is now open. Cultural Enrichment Grants fund the operations, programs and educational activities of eligible applicants.

  • Applications will be due by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, October 3. 
  • The grant period will run January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019.

To apply for a Cultural Enrichment Grant

Before applying for a Cultural Enrichment Grant, please read the GC19 CEG Guidelines to determine your organization's eligibility and Grants Management Portal Application FAQ then click the "Visit the Grant Portal Here" button above to begin the application process.

Additional applicant resources:

Applicant Profile Questions (fillable PDF)
CEG Application Questions (fillable PDF)

Please note that, in order to further enhance Bravo’s service to the region in amplifying the deep connections between arts, culture and heritage and regional social, economic, and business priorities, Bravo is reevaluating our community investment programs, processes and strategies.  For GC19, only cultural partners that received a CEG in GC18 are eligible to apply. No new applicants will be accepted this cycle.  Bravo will also not be awarding Local Arts Program Grants during the fall of 2018 in order to reevaluate the goals, metrics and implementation strategies for program funding to non-arts organizations.

Please contact Bravo staff at grants@bravogreaterdesmoines.org or (515) 243-0388 with any questions about any of our grant programs.

All Bravo grants are made possible by its local government partners who each contribute a portion of hotel/motel tax money to Bravo to be invested in arts and culture organizations and programs – 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.

Capital Campaign & Project Grant (CCPG)

Bravo's capital grant provides support to capital campaigns and projects for eligible organizations. Bravo is not currently accepting applications for this grant. Guidelines and application for this program are typically posted in the spring.