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Operating Grants

THE 2024 OPERATING GRANT PROGRAM HAS CLOSED. To review recent Operating Grant documents, please refer to the past GC24 Operating Grant Guidelines that detail application options, materials, specific dates, and expectations. A preview of past grant application questions and specific criteria is available in Resources. Please note eligibility and grant resources are subject to change for 2025 funding.

Grant Details

Bravo’s Operating Grant program provides general operating support to eligible arts, culture and heritage organizations in the Greater Des Moines region. Operating grants support the administrative expenses and day-to-day costs of running an organization which is essential to supporting an organization’s work and mission.

Click below to view or download the GC24 Operating Grant Overview & Guidelines.

Eligible 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 active programming history or be an agency, division or department of the State of Iowa which operates a facility open to the public.
  • Have headquarters in and conduct most of its activities within one of Bravo’s partner local governments.
  • Demonstrate a primary organizational purpose of arts, culture, interpretative science, and/or heritage that focuses on the collection, preservation, production, presentation and/or promotion of artistic expression, traditions, customs, or stories within creative, educational, or historic contexts. Mission language, programming, public access, support materials, partnerships, and budget must all clearly illustrate arts, culture, interpretative science or heritage as the organization’s primary purpose (at least 60%) in Greater Des Moines.
    Note: Eligibility does not guarantee funding. Specific eligibility requirements may be waived at Bravo’s discretion.

Ineligible applicants for operating support include, but are not limited to:

  • Individual artists
  • Fiscally sponsored organizations
  • Private organizations, clubs or groups that do not offer public programming
  • 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)
  • Nonprofit organizations whose primary mission and work advances other sectors such as social services (food, housing, childcare, schools, mental health and wellness, etc.), economic development, business and entrepreneurship, financial services, sports and recreation, technology, etc., even if arts and culture programming is used to deliver some of the organization’s mission.

Important Dates

Expected timeline for GC24 Operating Support Grants:

  • August 21, 2023 Applications & resources available on Bravo’s website and SurveyMonkeyApply at 10:00 a.m.
  • September 15, 2023 Deadline for new applicants to meet with staff to verify eligibility
  • September 29, 2023 Applications due
  • October – November 22, 2023 Review of applications
  • November 30, 2023 Award notifications sent via email by noon
  • December 15, 2023 Signed grant agreements due
  • January 1, 2024 Funding term starts
  • December 31, 2024 Funding term ends
  • January 24, 2025 Final Grant Report due by 3 p.m.


Contact Bravo staff at or 515.243.0388 with any questions.


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

2024 Operating Grant Recipients