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Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) Grant

Grants to Colorado Nonprofits and Agencies in
Eligible Areas for Cultural and Science Programs

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Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)

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09/11/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible areas for programs that benefit local residents. Applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support projects and activities in the focus areas of arts, cultural history, visual arts, natural history, and natural sciences. Eligible applicants serve residents in the seven-county Denver area, including Boulder, Jefferson, Denver, Broomfield, Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties.

The primary purpose of this fund is to enlighten and entertain the general public through productions, presentations, exhibitions, and preservation activities. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 132071

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible organization:
- Is a 501(c)3 nonprofit incorporated with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office OR an agency of local government that has a cultural sub-unit.
- Has been in existence and providing services to the public for at least the last five consecutive years as a 501(c)3 organization.
- Has filed either a Form 990 or 990-EZ with the IRS according to IRS requirements (not required by divisions of local government).
- Has as its primary purpose to enlighten and entertain the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement or preservation of visual arts, performing arts, cultural history, natural history, or natural sciences.

The Denver Area includes the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson.

The statute does not allow funding of:
- Any agency of the state
- A Library
- A school, an educational institution, or a foundation affiliated with a school or educational institution
- A church or church program
- A radio or television broadcasting network or station
- A cable communications system
- A newspaper or magazine
- An organization that is engaged solely in the acquisition or physical restoration of historic buildings, structures or sites

Pre-proposal Conference:

The 2020 Eligibility Open House will be hosted on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM via Zoom.

To sign up for the open house select one of the 15-minute time slots for your organization click here:

Once you sign up for a time-slot you will receive an email from an SCFD staff member in advance of the open house.

Pre-Application Information:

The first step in the application process is to call the SCFD office to speak with a member of staff.

SCFD is currently in the process of moving to a new Grants Management System. For the 2020 Eligibility process, they will be using Dropbox for the submission process. Please email the Foundation to receive a Dropbox link.

The application deadline is Friday, September 11, 2020, at 5:00 PM.

Once you have submitted a complete eligibility application by the deadline, SCFD will perform a thorough review, determining if your organization meets all of the legal requirements. You will receive a Determination Letter no later than December 31st.

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

Please email with “Eligibility Application” in the subject line to receive a Dropbox link.

Deborah Jordy, Executive Director

Jessica Kato, Deputy Director
303.860.0588, ext 111

Dana Manyothane, Program Manager
303.860.0588, ext 112

Heather Porter, Program Manager
303.860.0588, ext 114

Kendal Zimmermann, Program Manager
303.860.0588, ext 115

Joyce Chitechi, Office Manager
303.860.0588, ext 110

SCFD Office
899 Logan Street, Suite 500
Denver CO 80203

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