Grantmaking

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


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 large organizations 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 for mid-sized organizations that have received Bravo funding in the previous three consecutive grant cycles. Please click here for CEG Guidelines. 
  • Capital Project Grant (CPG) – Support for eligible capital projects by eligible organizations that received Bravo funding in the GC21 CEG, CLG, or GC22 ACPG grant cycles. Projects must have a total cost of at least $15,000 and must have a useful life of at least three (3) years. Please click here for CPG Guidelines.
  • Arts and Culture Program Grants (ACPG) – Support for arts and culture programs and projects in Greater Des Moines presented by eligible organizations that are new to Bravo or those that do not meet funding criteria for CLG or CEG. Please click here for ACPG Guidelines. Note: Applications are now closed and GC22 funding awards were made in March 2022. Next cycle opens in Fall 2022 for 2023 programs.
  • Public Art Grant (PAG) - Offers funding to its local government partners for public art projects. Applicants must have a current 28E Agreement with Bravo. Schools and universities are ineligible for funding. A community may only submit one application per grant cycle for the creation and installation of public art or the creation of a municipal public art master plan. Note: This grant program is not being offered in 2022.

Timeline Summary for GC22 CLG, CEG and CPG programs:

  • April 1, 2022 - Applications available by 10:00 a.m.
  • April 22, 2022 - Applications due by 3:00 p.m.
  • June 16, 2022 - Award notifications sent
  • June 27, 2022 - Grant Agreements due by 3:00 p.m.
  • July 1, 2022 – Award checks mailed
  • January 20, 2023 – Final Grant Report due

Questions?  Please email grants@bravogreaterdesmoines.org.

Additional Resources:

SurveyMonkey Apply FAQ
Cultural Leadership Grant Application (PDF only)
Cultural Enrichment Grant Application (PDF only)
Capital Project Grant Application (PDF only)

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.