Since 1989, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) has distributed funds from a 1/10 of 1% sales and use tax to cultural facilities throughout the seven-county Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. The funds support cultural organizations whose primary purpose is to enlighten and entertain the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement and preservation of art, music, theatre, dance, zoology, botany, natural history and cultural history. For more information on the SCFD, link to

The Denver County Cultural Council (DCCC) is the grant review council for Denver's Tier III SCFD funds. Thirteen and one-half percent of Denver County's Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) tax funds are granted to local arts, cultural and scientific nonprofit organizations annually. Each year the members of the DCCC review grant applications and determine the allocations to each qualifying Tier III organization. Denver City Council appoints this eleven-member cultural council. The council consists of a representative of Denver Arts & Venues, Visit Denver and Denver Public Schools, and eight members selected at-large.

Denver Tier III Organizations are qualified by the SCFD based on their mission and activities to enlighten and entertain the public. Qualified organizations have budgets of less than $1.4 million and conduct the majority of their annual activities in Denver County. The 96 Denver Tier III organizations contribute enormously to the vitality of our neighborhoods and the richness of cultural expression. They also provide critical cultural and scientific educational activities to Denver students. Denver Arts & Venues is in charge of the SCFD Tier III administration. For a list of SCFD organizations, please visit

For more information, contact:

Tariana Navas-Nieves
Director, Cultural Affairs
Denver Arts & Venues

Dana Manyothane
Program Officer
303.860.0588, ext. 112