Is my organization eligible for SCFD funding?
SCFD is a voter-approved cultural tax that is collected and distributed to scientific and cultural non-profit organizations serving the residents of the seven-county metro-Denver area.
The first step toward SCFD grant support is receiving eligibility. While the following questions won’t provide official confirmation of eligibility, they will help you understand whether your organization is likely to qualify, or not.
First things first:
- If your organization has received SCFD funds in the past but has not received funding for the last three consecutive years, you must reapply for eligibility.
- If your organization receives SCFD funds but has changed its mission statement, activities or location you don’t need to reapply for eligibility, but you do need to report those changes to the SCFD office immediately.
The following questions will help you better understand if you should take additional steps to explore eligibility.
If you can answer yes to all of the following questions, your organization could be eligible. If you answer no to any of these questions, your organization is likely not eligible.
- Is a 501(c)3 nonprofit incorporated with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office OR an agency of local government that has a cultural sub-unit.
- Has been in existence and providing services to the public for at least the last five consecutive years as a 501(c)3 organization.
- Has filed either a Form 990 or 990-EZ with the IRS according to IRS requirements (not required by divisions of local government).
- Has as its primary purpose to enlighten and entertain the public through the production, presentation, exhibition, advancement or preservation of visual arts, performing arts, cultural history, natural history, or natural sciences.
SCFD does not fund any of the following types of organizations:
- an agency of the state
- a library
- a school, an educational institution, or a foundation affiliated with a school or educational institution
- a church or church program
- a radio or television broadcasting network or station
- a cable communications system
- a newspaper or magazine
- engaged solely in the acquisition or physical restoration of historic buildings, structures or sites
If you still feel your organization may be eligible to receive SCFD funding, here are your next steps:
Step 1: Call SCFD
Call the SCFD Office to speak with a member of staff about your organization. Staff are here to help and guide you through the process. We are a small but mighty staff of six and we care deeply about the cultural landscape of our community. Click here for the staff directory.
Want to chat face to face? Every year, SCFD hosts an Eligibility Open House to meet interested organizations and answer questions. Click here for information.
Step 2: Start collecting information
SCFD is defined by Colorado State Statute and therefore requires certain documentation to determine eligibility of organizations. It’s important you read both the directions and checklist to make sure you have everything you need to apply.
- Eligibility Directions
- Eligibility Checklist
- Organization Information Form
- Activities List Table Template
- Nonprofit Principles and Practices
- Examples of Profit and Loss Statements, Balance Sheet, and YTD P&L
You don’t have to go at it alone. Use the following resources to get additional tips and help.
- What is an IRS Letter of Determination? You’ll need this to show your organization is recognized non-profit during the eligibility process. Find out how to request this letter, sometimes called an affirmation letter, by visiting the IRS website.
2020 Eligibility Open House
The Eligibility Open House will be hosted on Wednesday, August 12 from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM via Zoom.
To sign up for the open house select one of the 15-minute time slots for your organization in the link below
Once you sign up for a time-slot you will receive an email from an SCFD staff member in advance of the open house.
Please make sure to send any questions and/or documents specific to your organization in response to the email in preparation for your eligibility Q&A session.
Please only sign up for one slot per organization.
Step 3: Apply for Eligibility
SCFD is currently in the process of moving to a new Grants Management System. For the 2020 Eligibility process we will be using Dropbox for the submission process. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Eligibility Application” in the subject line to receive a Dropbox link.
Application Deadline: Friday, September 11, 2020 @ 5:00 PM
Please be aware, incomplete or late applications will not be processed, so apply early.
Step 4: What Now?
Once you have submitted a complete eligibility application by the deadline, SCFD will perform a thorough review, determining if your organization meets all of the legal requirements. You will receive a Determination Letter no later than December 31st.
- If you are granted eligibility, your next steps will be to review the funding process, and then the Tier III grant application steps.
- If you are found ineligible, please reach out to SCFD staff to learn how to overcome barriers with a future application. If you do not agree with the determination (as well as organizations that have undergone an eligibility review after which SCFD staff has revoked, withdrawn or suspended eligibility), you may appeal these actions in accordance with the following Appeal Policy.