At their regular meeting on Thursday, August 23, the Board of Directors of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District approved a resolution identifying those organizations qualifying for 2012 Tier II funding and each organization’s award. These are regional organizations that have met statutory eligibility criteria and demonstrated annual operating income above the $1,442,930.42 threshold for the prior fiscal year.
At the July and August meetings, the Board of Directors reviewed extensive reports and heard presentations from organizations on the accomplishments made possible from 2011 distributions and on proposed use for 2012 funding. The following organizations qualified to receive distributions in 2012.
Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities
Aurora, City of – Cultural Affairs Division
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Central City Opera House Association
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Children’s Museum of Denver
Clyfford Still Museum
Colorado Chautauqua Association
Colorado Children’s Chorale
Colorado Mountain Club
Colorado Music Festival/RMCMA
Colorado Railroad Museum
Colorado Symphony Association
Denver Film Society
Hudson Gardens and Event Center
Lakewood Heritage, Culture and the Arts
Mizel Arts and Culture Center
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Swallow Hill Music Association
The Wildlife Experience
Wings Over the Rockies
Each certified organization will receive a share of the designated 21% of annual SCFD funds. Ninety-five percent (95%) of these funds may be used for general operations. Five percent (5%) are designated for programs or projects that address regional impact, quality, need, accessibility, collaboration, innovation or enhancement.
Denver Metro area voters created the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District in 1988 to provide public financial support to scientific and cultural organizations. Between 1989 and 2011, SCFD distributed over $711 million to over 500 unique organizations via the 0.1% (1¢ on every $10) retail sales and use tax in the seven-county District. Counties comprising the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District include Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas (except for Castle Rock and Larkspur) and Jefferson.
SCFD facilitates distribution of the voter-approved retail sales and use tax funds to organizations that provide for the enlightenment and entertainment of the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement or preservation of art, music, theater, dance, zoology, botany, natural history or cultural history.