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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bravo Greater Des Moines announced today that its fall Grant Cycle 2018 (GC18) is now open. This cycle includes two competitive grantmaking programs: Cultural Enrichment Grant and Local Arts Program Grant. The money awarded through these programs helps strengthen the arts, culture and heritage organizations located in Central Iowa that make Central Iowa a premier place to live, work, play and visit.

Cultural Enrichment Grant
Bravo’s Cultural Enrichment Grant funds the operations, programs and educational activities of eligible applicants. The Cultural Enrichment Grant is Bravo’s largest and most recognized grant program, and it supports a diverse field of nonprofit organizations in the Greater Des Moines region ranging in size, operational budget, discipline and focus. Nonprofit and public organizations whose purpose is arts, culture or heritage may be eligible for this program.

Local Arts Program Grant
The Local Arts Program Grant awards up to $10,000 for community-based arts and culture programs administered by eligible non-arts organizations. In its second year of a two-year pilot aimed at recognizing the role strong communities play in a strong region, this grant program has invested more than $96,000 of support for arts and culture into the region last year. Nonprofit and public organizations that use arts, culture or heritage programs to advance their missions may be eligible for this program.

How to Apply
The Local Arts Program Grant and Cultural Enrichment Grant guidelines with full eligibility and schedule information are available on the Bravo Grantmaking page. Applications will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.

IMPORTANT: All applicants not currently receiving Bravo funding must meet with Bravo staff no later than Sept. 20, 2017—one week prior to the application deadline. If you plan to apply for grant funding this cycle and need to schedule a meeting, please contact Bravo staff at 515.243.0388.

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. Central Iowa’s cultural organizations are a driving factor in the success of the region’s livability and economic development which supports business attraction and retention. View the entire list of cultural partners currently receiving Bravo funding here: