Douglas County distributes funds to support arts

SCFD money goes to broad range of groups

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Douglas County commissioners distributed $567,190 worth of SCFD grant funds to 48 area nonprofit organizations that support arts and culture throughout the county.

Following approval by the commissioners, the 2013-14 Tier III Douglas County Scientific and Cultural Facilities District funds were presented Oct. 22 to 13 county-based organizations, as well as 35 others from within the district that have a direct impact on citizens of Douglas County.

“These funds support cultural facilities whose primary purpose is to enlighten and entertain the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement and preservation of art, music, theater, dance, zoology, botany, natural history, and cultural history,” said Dan Dertz, supervisor of public outreach for Douglas County. “All grants awarded will directly benefit the citizens of Douglas County.”

The funds are distributed through a three-tiered system by participating jurisdictions in seven metro counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas (with the exception of Castle Rock and Larkspur) and Jefferson.

Distribution of total funds are collected from one-tenth of 1 percent of retail sales and use tax in those areas and then 13.5 percent of the collected money is distributed to scientific and cultural organizations which meet the necessary requirements.

This year 253 select organizations throughout the metro area received a total of $6.3 million in funding. Between 1989 and 2012, SCFD distributed more than $756 million to more than 500 organizations, Dertz said.

“You don’t have to go back very many years, and think about where we were regarding the facilities (and) programs,” said Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella, praising the program and thanking all involved with it. “We have made a ginormous leap in bringing more cultural and scientific programs into the county.”

There will be a half-hour social followed by an informative session on the role of the SCFD from 4:30-6 p.m. at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave. in Parker. For more information, please contact Michael Schlut at 303-805-3367 or visit www.cast3.org.

Douglas County 2013-14 SCFD recipients:

Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation: $80,000

Christian Youth Theatre Denver, Highlands Ranch: $21,000

HawkQuest, Parker: $10,000

Highlands Ranch Concert Band: $7,500

Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association: $80,000

Lamb Spring Archaeological Preserve: $4,000

Lone Tree Arts Commission: $80,000

Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra: $8,000

Parker Arts Council: $10,000

Parker Cultural and Scientific Commission: $80,000

Roxborough Arts Council: $6,500

St. Andrew Society of Colorado, Highlands Ranch: $3,000

South Suburban Community Orchestra, Parker: $8,500

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