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. 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 1,000 grants to more than 100 arts, culture and heritage organizations and programs totaling more than $45 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.

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 Bravo’s local partner communities

Eligible GC21 applicants will apply through one of three programs:

  • Cultural Leadership Grants (CLG) – General operating support for organizations with 3-year average revenue (FY17, FY18 & FY19) 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 (FY17, FY18 & FY19) 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. 

Applications and Reports must be submitted through SurveyMonkey Apply.

DataArts Cultural Data Profile can be accessed here.


The GC21 operating and program grant cycles has been split into two grant periods. The January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021 has been completed and the timeline for the second half GC21 grants (July 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021) is as follows:

  • August 3, 2021 – Applications and DataArts Cultural Data Profile available at 8:00 am
  • August 13, 2021 – Deadline for new applicants to meet with Bravo staff
  • August 27, 2021 – Applications due at 4:00 pm
  • September 30, 2021* - Award notifications sent
  • October 8, 2021 – Signed grant agreements due by 3:00 pm
  • October 8, 2021 – DataArts Cultural Data Profile for FY20 due by 3:00 pm (CLG and CEG applicants only)
  • October 12, 2021* - Grant payments sent

* Timeline dependent on Bravo’s receipt of funds

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.