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Tier III

The SCFD Family of Organizations: Tier III

Tier III recipients include an astonishing array of small organizations with cultural and scientific missions. You benefit our communities by providing outlets for the most personal cultural interests. Many of you provide opportunities for members of the community to be involved as performers and educators. Tier III organizations receive 14% of SCFD funds.

Want a refresher on the funding cycle? Click here.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please see Tier III Memo for FAQ’s regarding the 2020 process and current considerations for 2021. Click here.

Here are some links to helpful information.

Grant Deadlines

County Cultural Councils

Distribution Amounts

Tier III Contact Information

In lieu of distributing checks in the October Check Ceremonies SCFD will be mailing checks to all Tier III organizations. Please provide the best mailing address to receive your check in the contact form below.

Tier III Contact Information Form


Workshops & Support

SCFD Staff provide opportunities for you to learn about the Tier III competitive grant process. These workshops go over the application, highlighting areas of importance and county specifics.

Grant Application

An eligible organization can apply in one county or multiple counties. Before starting your application, please read the grant directions, as well as specific county guidelines where you are applying (see below).

Connect to SCFD’s online Grants Portal to apply for the next round of SCFD funding opportunities.

County Details, Deadlines, and Guidelines

Each county has developed county-specific application guidelines. These guidelines are revised every year, so it is critical that you revisit them, every year, before filling out an application even if you applied in the county in the last grant cycle.

If you’d like to learn more about the County Cultural Councils, please click here for the County Cultural Councils page.


Deadline: March 3, 2020 @ 4:00 PM

Any organization applying in more than one county must submit to SCFD by this date.


Adams County

Deadline: March 20, 2020 @ 4:00 PM

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Arapahoe County

Deadline: March 10, 2020 @ 4:00 PM

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Boulder County

Deadline: March 17, 2020 @ 4:00 PM

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Broomfield County

Deadline: March 27, 2020 @ 4:00 PM

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Denver County

Deadline: March 6, 2020 @ 4:00 PM

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Denver County offers discretionary grants for home based organizations. Learn more.


Douglas County

Deadline: March 27, 2020 @ 4:00 PM

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Jefferson County

Deadline: March 13, 2020 @ 4:00 PM

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Change Request (Grant Amendment) Forms

If your programming changes drastically from the project grant proposal, you will need to obtain permission from the Councils to continue using the funds by submitting a Change Request Form. These forms are not needed for GOS grants – project grants only.

Examples of drastic changes could include changes to venue, date/time, content of programming, projected audience, and significant adjustments to the project budget.

Reporting on Funds Received

Funds provided for distribution by the SCFD are public funds and must be reported on to assure accountability. Organizations with any outstanding Final Grant Reports will not be able to apply for funding.

Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 4:00 PM*

*Report on SCFD funds received in 2018

Remember to read the Directions before starting your report:

Not sure if you have a Final Grant Report due? Check out prior year Tier III Distributions.