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Capital Project Grant

Bravo Greater Des Moines will open applications in March 2024 to all eligible arts, culture and heritage organizations in the Greater Des Moines region for capital project support. The 2024 grant period (GC24) runs July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025.

Grant Details

This program provides financial support for arts, culture and heritage capital projects to nonprofit organizations that already receive operating support from Bravo. Bravo defines “capital project” as a comprehensive and cohesive construction, expansion, renovation or replacement project for an existing facility. The purchase of major equipment (assets) with a useful life of at least three (3) years is considered a capital project, as is the installation of public art. This is a competitive grant program, and it is likely not all funding requests will be awarded.

Eligible CPG applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a recipient of a GC24 operating grant from Bravo
  • Meet with Bravo staff prior to application deadline.

An organization may submit only one CPG application per grant cycle.

Organizations are eligible for capital project support every other grant cycle. Organizations that received a Capital Project Grant award in grant cycle 2023 are ineligible for CPG funding in GC24. The applicant should be the intended entity to contract with Bravo Greater Des Moines to receive grant funds and undertake the funded activity.

Eligible capital projects are of the type and scope that the applying organization must raise additional funds outside of normal operations to complete it. Projects must have a total cost of at least $15,000 and must have a useful life of at least three (3) years.

Bravo grant funds must be spent between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025. Bravo prefers to support projects that can be completed during this timeframe. Funds may be used for land acquisition, engineering and architectural planning, construction costs, the purchase of major equipment with a useful life of at least 3 years and the acquisition and installation of public art. For the purposes of this grant, Bravo defines public art as permanent artwork in a public place that is free and accessible.

Previously funded projects are ineligible for additional Bravo funding unless the proposed project is a distinct and separate phase than originally applied for. Other ineligible expenses include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Operating costs, including staff time/payroll
  • Programming and events
  • Endowment
  • Sponsorship
  • Existing obligations, debts or liabilities
  • Feasibility studies
  • Exhibits or other additions to an organization’s permanent collection (artwork, animals, instruments, etc)

Project Eligibility is subject to change. Complete guidelines with eligibility will be released in early 2024.

Important Dates

Final dates for GC24 are still being determined and will be released in early 2024. See below for a tentative schedule:

  • March Application available
  • Late March Deadline to meet with Bravo staff
  • April 2024 Application due
  • Mid-June 2024 Award notifications sent
  • Late June 2024 Grant Agreements due
  • July 1, 2024 Grant term begins and award checks mailed
  • June 30, 2025 Grant term ends
  • July 2025 Final Grant Report due


Contact Bravo staff at or 515.243.0388 with any questions.


For FAQs, other funding opportunities, trainings for nonprofits, visit Bravo’s resources page.