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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 $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.  As such, Bravo has made some adjustments for Grant Cycle 21 (GC21), including:

  • Creating new grant programs to better align applicants with the most efficient funding process
  • Focusing available dollars on operating and program support
  • Adjusting timelines to ensure available funds are distributed as quickly as they are available to Bravo 

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 must be submitted through SurveyMonkey Apply.

DataArts Cultural Data Profile can be accessed here.


The GC21 operating and program grant cycles will be split into two grant periods: January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021 and July 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021.  The current timeline for all first-half GC21 grants is as follows:

  • January 4, 2021 – Applications and DataArts Cultural Data Profile available
  • January 15, 2021 – Deadline for new applicants to meet with Bravo staff
  • January 25, 2021 – Applications due by 10:00 am
  • March 12, 2021* - Award notifications sent
  • March 26, 2021 – Signed grant agreements due by 3:00 pm
  • March 31, 2021 – DataArts Cultural Data Profile due by 3:00 pm (CLG and CEG applicants only)
  • April 8, 2021* - Grant payments sent

* Timeline dependent on Bravo’s receipt of funds

Additional Support Documents:

Questions?  Please email

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.