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Public Art Grant (PAG)

Grants to Greater Des Moines, Iowa Partnering Agencies
to Develop and Create Public Artworks

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Bravo Greater Des Moines

Deadline Date:

04/05/19 3:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Greater Des Moines, Iowa partnering government agencies for accessible and free art projects that produce cultural and artistic expression in the region. Applicants are required to meet with the staff before submitting an application. Priority may be given to communities that have not received funding support from Bravo in a previous grant cycle. Artwork may include but is not limited to sculpture, murals, and installation and is encouraged to be functional in the advancement of civic goals in addition to demonstrating artistic merit and excellence.

Eligible PAG projects include concept development and the creation and/or installation of works of public art.
Eligible artwork must have a useful life of at least six months. The artwork may be part of a building, bridge, or other permanent infrastructure but grant funds are restricted to the artistic enhancement of an infrastructure project.

The creation of a municipal public art master plan is also an eligible PAG project. A public art master plan is an
actionable tool used as a road map for a city including its commissions, city departments, program staff, artists, and stakeholders to maximize public art in supporting the goals, needs, and future of its community.

PAG funding may be used to pay artist fees and stipends for project concept development which can include the creation of detailed proposals for public art projects in the applicant city as well as pay for the costs to create and to install public art including land and site development. Eligible costs also include consultant fees for the development and creation of a public art master plan.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185414

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant funding is awarded for up to $50,000. It is unlikely Bravo would award more than $50,000 to a single application. Applicants may request up to 50% of eligible projects costs.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be expended within the GC19 funding period: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020. Costs incurred outside these dates are ineligible for Bravo funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible PAG applicants are Bravo’s local government partners. A community may submit only one PAG application per grant cycle.

Schools and universities are ineligible for PAG funding.

Projects ineligible for PAG funding include but are not limited to the following:

- Works of public art that have previously received funding from Bravo
- Maintenance of current public art collection
- Landscapes and gardens that do not have a life of more than 6 months
- Amphitheatres
- Signage including welcome signs and wayfinding signs
- Events
- Programs
- Freedom Rocks
- Bus shelters

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to the following:

- City staff salaries and wages
- Equipment and fixtures that are not integral to the structure or operation of the artwork
- Endowment
- Sponsorship
- Existing obligations, debts, or liabilities
- Marketing, promotion, and merchandise

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Cycle 2019 Timeline - PAG:
March 1, 2019 - Application available by 10:00 am
March 25, 2019 - Deadline for applicants to meet with Bravo staff
April 1, 2019 - Final day to ask questions about the application
April 5, 2019 - Application due by 3:00 pm
June 19, 2019 - Award notifications sent via email
July 1, 2019 - Grant term begins
August 15, 2019 - Signed Grant Agreements due by 3:00 pm
Checks are sent after execution of Grant Agreement.

All applicants must meet with Bravo staff about their project before March 25, 2019.

Applications must be submitted through FluidReview, Bravo’s grant management database. Bravo will not accept applications in any other format.

For FluidReview Applicant FAQ view Supporting Documents.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To Apply:

For application questions:
Contact Bravo staff until 3:00 pm on April 1, 2019

Sally Dix, Executive Director

Technical support questions are welcomed at any time.

Bravo Greater Des Moines
1011 Locust Street
Suite 309
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Greater Des Moines region