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Capital Project Grant (CPG)

Grants to Greater Des Moines, Iowa Arts and
Cultural Nonprofits for Capital Projects

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Bravo Greater Des Moines

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04/05/19 3:00 PM


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Grants starting at $5,000 to Greater Des Moines, Iowa nonprofit organizations for capital projects elevating the quality of and increasing access to cultural and arts experiences. Applicants must meet with staff before applying and should have a primary focus of heritage, culture, or arts. Funds may be used for engineering and architectural planning, construction costs, land acquisition, public art, and the purchase of major equipment.

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

“Capital project” is defined 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. Capital projects require an intensive fundraising effort designed to raise a specified sum of money within a defined time period to complete a specifically defined capital project.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185416

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to 30% of the total project cost. CPG awards generally do not exceed $150,000, regardless of project costs. Bravo may, at its discretion, award partial funding requests. The minimum grant award is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be expended between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a 501(c) nonprofit organization with a primary focus of arts, culture or heritage.

The CPG program is funded through hotel-motel tax revenue received from the following local government partners that have 28E agreements with Bravo: Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, and Polk County. All CPG applicants must have headquarters in and conduct the majority of activities within one of Bravo’s partner local government communities and have a Board of Directors or Trustees comprised of independent persons.

Organizations that received a Capital Campaign & Project Grant award in Grant Cycle 2018 (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 funding term) are ineligible for CPG funding in GC19. Other ineligible organizations include:
- Governmental entities
- Political, religious or educational organizations/institutions
- Organizations formed with the express purpose of fundraising on behalf of or supporting and/or promoting an organization
- Any organization deemed ineligible by the Bravo Community Investment Committee

More information about Project Eligibility can be found at:

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Cycle 2019 Timeline:
- March 1, 2019 - Application available by 10:00 a.m.
- 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 p.m.
- June 19, 2019 - Award notifications sent
- June 28, 2019 - Signed grant agreements due by 3:00 p.m.
- July 1, 2019 - Grant term begins
- Week of July 2, 2019 - Checks sent after execution of Grant Agreement
- June 30, 2020 - Grant term ends
- July 31, 2020 - Final report due by 3:00 p.m.

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

All applicants must meet with Bravo staff about their proposed project before March 25, 2019. Failure to meet with staff by this date will result in ineligibility for funding in this grant cycle. Bravo strongly encourages scheduling a meeting well in advance of the deadline to avoid conflicts. If you are considering submitting an application for an Enhance Iowa CAT Grant to support your project, please disclose that to staff at this meeting.

Applications must be submitted through FluidReview, Bravo’s grant management database. Bravo will not accept applications in any other format. Late applications will not be accepted. Only complete applications will be considered for funding.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Bravo staff is available to answer questions about the application until 3:00 on April 1, 2019. Staff is available for technical support at any time. Please email or call 515.243.0388.

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, and Polk County.