- Existence: 1988-
"SCFD was created in the late 1980s, when the Denver metro economy faced a serious economic downturn and cultural funding at the city and state level was being cut significantly. Cultural organizations were on the brink of shutting down. A group of local mavericks rallied to put forth a regional tax that would give one penny from every $10 purchase back to cultural organizations across our seven-county region. More than 30 years ago, the tax passed with 67% favorability. It has been renewed by voters three more times since then. In the early years, SCFD granted local organizations about $18 million annually. Today, SCFD distributes more than $60 million each year to nearly 300 organizations."
Denver Botanic Gardens is one of many cultural institutions that benefits from the funding created by the SCFD.