Photo credit: Heartland Youth Choir's Meet the Composer Festival


GC21 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. Since 2006, Bravo has awarded more than 1,000 grants to more than 100 arts, culture and heritage organizations and programs totaling more than $43 million.

Bravo is almost entirely funded through Hotel/Motel taxes which are projected to be down as much as 50% for the 2021 grant period as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, Bravo remains committed to investing as much as possible as efficiently as possible to support our cultural partners.

Grant Cycle 21 (GC21) programs include:

So that Bravo can invest as much as possible into the arts, culture and heritage organizations that make our region vibrant, Bravo will not be offering Public Art Grants in GC21. 


Eligible CPG applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

  • Received a GC21-1 Cultural Enrichment Grant, Cultural Leadership Grant or Arts and Culture Program Grant from Bravo; and
  • Meets with Bravo staff by April 16, 2021.

Capital Project Grant Eligibility Requirements

Eligible capital projects are of the type and scope that an organization must raise additional funds outside normal operations to complete it. Projects must have a total cost of at least $15,000 and must have a useful life of at least three (3) years.  Bravo grant funds must be spent between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Organizations that received a Capital Project Grant award in grant cycle 2020 are ineligible for CPG funding in GC21.

Applications must be submitted through SurveyMonkey Apply.


The timeline for the GC21 Capital Project grant cycle is as follows:

March 29, 2021 - Application available by 10:00 a.m.
April 16, 2021 - Deadline to meet with Bravo staff
April 23, 2021 - Application due by 3:00 p.m.
June 17, 2021 - Award notifications sent
June 30, 2020 - Grant Agreements due by 3:00 p.m.
July 1, 2021 - Grant term begins
June 30, 2022 - Grant term ends

Support Documents:

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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.