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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bravo Greater Des Moines (Bravo) awarded Local Arts Program and Cultural Enrichment Grants totaling more than $3.8 million to 89 Central Iowa organizations. This is the largest amount Bravo has awarded to organizations through these two grant programs since Bravo began funding arts, culture and heritage nonprofits in 2006. A record number of organizations are also receiving funding this cycle, 21 of which are new Cultural Partners to Bravo.

“The record number of organizations applying for, and receiving, Bravo funding demonstrates the cultural ecosystem in Central Iowa is thriving. New programs that support and enhance arts and culture experiences are emerging year-after-year, and well-established arts and culture organizations are increasing operations to accommodate a growing number of new and repeat visitors,” said Bravo Executive Director Sally Dix.  “As demand for programming increases, so does the need for the essential funds Bravo provides. We are grateful for the investments from our local government partners so that we can support the outstanding work being done by our grantees.”

Bravo’s Cultural Enrichment Grants support the unrestricted general operations of eligible organizations that are primarily arts, culture or heritage in nature. The more than $3.7 million being granted out to 66 organizations through this program will help support the vibrant cultural community that Central Iowa offers to residents and visitors.

The Local Arts Program Grant provides up to $10,000 for community-based arts and culture programs administered by non-arts organizations. In its final year of a two-year pilot, the grant program is injecting $150,000 of support to 23 organizations that provide arts and culture programing in the region.

View the entire list of cultural partners currently receiving Bravo funding

All Bravo grants are made possible by 17 local government partners, each contributing a portion of hotel/motel tax revenue to Bravo to be invested in arts and culture organizations and programs – 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. Central Iowa’s cultural organizations are a driving factor in the success of the region’s quality of life and economic development, which supports business attraction and retention.