Scientific and Cultural Facilities DistrictThe SCFD, or Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, is a voter-approved tax district that distributes revenue from a one penny on $10 retail sales tax to 300+ scientific and cultural organizations in the seven-county metro area: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties. SCFD was adopted by voters in these counties in 1988, and was reauthorized in 1994, 2004 and 2016.

According to Colorado Revised Statutes, the purpose of SCFD is to “provide for the enlightenment and entertainment of the public through the production, preservation, exhibition, advancement or preservation of art, music, theatre, dance, zoology, botany, natural history or cultural history.” Citizen support of SCFD has provided wider access to arts and science collections and programs throughout the seven-county region. Millions have taken advantage of free access at regional museums and cultural organizations in SCFD’s 25-year history. Thanks to SCFD, metro Denver is host to world-class exhibits, performances, events and opportunities.

Some of the benefits of SCFD:

  • SCFD serves our schools: Kids in every school district in the seven-county region are served by SCFD-funded organizations, including performances, tours and outreach programs.
  • SCFD gives citizens access: More than 1 million citizens each year benefit from FREE admission to cultural facilities and programs thanks to our support of SCFD.
  • SCFD improves our economy: We all benefit from nearly $1.76 BILLION in economic activity and 9,300 jobs generated by this sector of metro Denver’s economy.

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