SCFD Support

The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) is metro Denver’s unique commitment to its arts, cultural and scientific organizations. Since its initial voter approval in 1989, the citizens’ SCFD dollars has funded world-class cultural programming for all ages.

SCFD is a voter-approved penny sales tax on every $10 purchase within the seven-county metro area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties), annually distributing more than $50 million in operations funding. These dollars support public access and programming at the Denver Art Museum, as well as about 300 unique institutions serving millions of people each year.

SCFD-funded organizations serve the public in many ways, including access to programs, collections, and school outreach. In fact, every school district within SCFD’s boundaries is served by programming and outreach from funded organizations. Many of the programs SCFD supports provide free and discounted access to citizens, including the Denver Art Museum’s Free First Saturdays. 

For information on free days and funded organizations, visit