What is a Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD)?

  • It is a scientific and cultural special improvement district to fund qualifying organizations within Larimer County.
  • Monies are collected and spent within Larimer County.
  • Monies collected in Larimer County the first year are estimated at $6.6 million.

What is an eligible group?

  • A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with the primary purpose of enlightening and entertaining the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement, or preservation of:
    • NATURAL HISTORY OR NATURAL SCIENCES INCLUDING EARTH, LIFE, OR PHYSICAL SCIENCES
    • VISUAL ARTS, PERFORMING ARTS, OR CULTURAL HISTORY.
  • Organizations must have been serving the public for at least 3 years.

What can be funded for eligible groups?

  • Serving the underserved – new audiences, pay-what-you-can and free programs
  • Enhanced outreach – greater exposure to K-12 schools, adult learning
  • General operations – sustaining quality staff and programs
  • Expanded programming – collaborations, touring, festivals, etc.

What can not be funded? 

An agency of the State; capital construction project; educational institution, school district or educational foundation; radio or television network or station; cable communications system; newspaper or magazine; or library program.

How is the money distributed?

If approved by the voters a Board of Directors for the District would be appointed by the Larimer County Commissioners. This Board would design eligibility criteria to set the funding levels annually for two Funds:

  • A Sustainability Fund from which all eligible organizations, regardless of size, would receive a predetermined percentage of their qualifying revenue - equal to all others.
  • An Innovation Fund to be awarded based upon competitive grants addressing innovation, collaboration and regional initiatives.