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

Grant funding from Bravo Greater Des Moines is made possible by the generous 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.

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 1,200 grants to more than 100 arts, culture and heritage organizations and programs totaling more than $50 million. Bravo is almost entirely funded through Hotel/Motel taxes invested by our 17 partner local government communities.


Bravo Greater Des Moines is now offering general operating support funding to all eligible arts, culture and heritage organizations in the Greater Des Moines region. The 2023 grant period (GC23) runs January 1 – December 31, 2023.   

Bravo strives to fund a broad range of arts, culture and heritage organizations in Greater Des Moines that meet the following eligibility requirements. To apply for the GC23 Operating Grant, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a 501(c) organization exempt from tax under the Internal Revenue Code with at least 6 months of programming history OR an agency, division or department of the State of Iowa which operates a facility open to the public.
  • Demonstrate a primary organizational purpose of arts, culture and/or heritage meaning that mission, budget, strategic plan, operating plan and most programs and outcomes are primarily (at least 51%) in pursuit of advancing arts, culture and/or heritage in Greater Des Moines.
  • Have headquarters in and conduct most of its activities within one of Bravo’s partner local governments.

Eligibility does not guarantee funding. Specific eligibility requirements may be waived at Bravo’s discretion.

Ineligible applicants include but are not limited to:

  • Fiscally sponsored organizations;
  • Political, religious or academic organizations;
  • Public libraries;
  • Those formed with the express purpose of fundraising on behalf of, supporting and/or promoting applicants that are not otherwise eligible for funding (e.g. friends societies, etc. for libraries, political, religious or academic organizations)

Please click here for an Operating Grant Overview that details application options, materials, specific dates, and expectations. Applications and requirements are designed to acknowledge the breadth of organizations Bravo serves. Eligible applicants will apply for general operating support through SurveyMonkey Apply. A preview of grant application questions and specific criteria is available by clicking on the most appropriate application for the organization:

Note: Organizations may select to complete the application that aligns with their budget OR an application for a lower budget level to better fit an organization’s capacity to meet requirements.

Timeline Summary for GC23 Operating Support Grants:

  • August 29, 2022 - Applications available by 10:00 a.m.
  • September 23, 2022 – Deadline for new organizations to meet with staff.
  • September 30, 2022 - Applications due by 3:00 p.m.
  • December 1, 2022 - Award notifications sent.
  • December 16, 2022 - Grant Agreements due by 3:00 p.m.
  • January 2, 2023 – First award check mailed this week. *Funding dependent on receipt of 28E city funds.
  • January 19, 2024 – Final Grant Report Due.

Additional Operating Grant Resources:

GC23 SPRING Grant Programs: Please check back in February 2023 for more details.

  • Capital Project Grant (CPG) – Support for eligible capital projects by eligible organizations that received Bravo funding in the GC23 Operating Grant cycle. Projects must have a total cost of at least $15,000 and must have a useful life of at least three (3) years.
  • Public Art Grant (PAG) – Funding for Bravo’s local government partners for public art projects or the creation of a municipal public art plan. Applicants must have a current 28E Agreement with Bravo.
  • ICON Public Art Grant (ICON PAG) – Bravo, in collaboration with ICON Water Trails, offers financial support for new public art projects that are on or adjacent to creeks and rivers included in the Greater Des Moines Water Trails and Greenways Master Plan. Eligible ICON PAG applicants must have current 28E Agreements with Bravo Greater Des Moines and with ICON.

Questions about Fall or Spring Grant Programs?

Please email or call 515-243-0388.