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Nearly 300 arts, culture and science organizations from across the seven-county Denver metro area will receive more than $60 million in funding in 2019, thanks to the voter-created SCFD.
Organizations receive their general operating support funding through the SCFD, a sales taxing district that has provided culture funding for more than 30 years and been approved by voters four times. Funding for organizations is governed by state law, with smaller organization’s funding being decided by the individual counties that participate in the SCFD.
“The funding we provide is really the difference between a thriving metropolitan area and one that struggles. We’ve provided foundational support for literally hundreds of organizations that have served millions of people in our community,” said Deborah Jordy, SCFD Executive Director. “Our funding ensures that everyone has access to events and experiences. And we contribute to a healthy economy. The SCFD is a win for everyone on every level.”
In 2019, SCFD will provide support for 287 organizations ranging in size from the metro area’s largest cultural institutions to small, local arts and culture groups. The more than $60 million in funding flows to organizations through either a statutory percentage, a specific funding formula or a county-based funding process.
County-based funding is determined by a volunteer County Cultural Council in each county and approved by county commissioners, or city council members. Membership on these councils is open to everyone. Additional groups were funded in these counties through statutory percentages and funding formulas.
In Arapahoe County, more than 100 organizations received over $1.9 million in funding through the local process including groups like the Arapahoe Philharmonic and Mudra Dance Studio.
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