A nonprofit membership organization of art, science and cultural organizations funded by the SCFD


The COLLABORATIVE of the SCFD ("The Collaborative") is comprised of 27 arts, culture and science nonprofit organizations who receive funding from the SCFD. The SCFD is a seven-county tax district created within Colorado law and is renewed by voters every 12 years. The SCFD has been supported by voters for 30 years! Just one penny on every $10 in sales and use tax collected goes to SCFD.

These specific 27 Collaborative member organizations invest a portion of their yearly awards into the Alliance Project Grant to benefit students so they can experience a variety of curriculum-based cultural, arts, and scientific programs throughout the Denver metro area.

The Alliance Project Grant is awarded to one team of interdisciplinary teachers from a K-12 public or charter school in each of the seven counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties of Colorado. Eligible counties rotate yearly.

K-12 Public and Charter Schools
located in Arapahoe, Broomfield and Douglas counties (with the exception of Castle Rock and Larkspur.)

• Schools are selected by county, not by school district.

• School must be in operation for 3 years or more before a team can apply.

• Adams, Boulder, Denver and Jefferson counties will be eligible to apply in 2021.

• Schools that have received the grant between 2017-2020 are not eligible.


Feb 3, 2020

May 28, 2020

June 2020

August 2020-May 2021 school year

**The Alliance Grant may undergo significant changes before the start of the school year due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on our organizations.

One to Two years. (One year guaranteed with an evaluation/review to renew for year two. There will also be an opportunity to receive a small third year award to continue programming.)

Up to $11,000 of programming, per year, provided by 27 organizations that are part of The Collaborative. Amount subject to final Board approval. Funding includes bus and substitute teacher reimbursements: $175 per bus, up to 3 buses per field trip and up to $120 for a substitute teacher for anyone on the grant team. This is not a cash reward. 

The Director of The Collaborative will be responsible for all budgeting and payments. A school can expect to receive about 12-20 programs in the school year, depending on choices and school size. It can be a combination of workshops, assemblies, performances, in-school exhibits, virtual learning, field trips or teacher professional development experiences across more than one discipline. Teachers are encouraged to explore a variety of organizations.


o The Alliance Project Grant was created for a strong, engaged team of interdisciplinary teachers from one school who are excited to connect cultural organizations to their classroom. The team must include 5-8 teachers representing a combination of the following areas: Science, Social Science, Language Arts, Visual Arts, Theatre and/or Music, Dance (if available) or another subject area. This is neither a grant for one individual teacher nor only one department. Teachers on the team must attend four (1-hour) meetings throughout the year as well as a 2-hour Kick-Off Meeting in July/August

o The team from each school must identify a cohort of up to 180 students to be the primary recipients of the programming. Depending on the size of your school, selected students could be one grade level or a combination of grade levels. For high school teachers, select your core group of class sections. The grant is most successful serving students that are shared by team members. Many programs are a per classroom visit, however some assemblies allow for larger school participation.

o The team must identify a Lead Teacher who will be the liaison between the school and The Collaborative Director. The Lead teacher could be someone from the listed team members or a Teacher Librarian, Para or other dedicated school staff member who will attend all meetings. Primary responsibilities: coordinating meeting times and reminders among the team, serving as liaison for concerns, helping the team stay on track with ordering buses and subs, and communicating with front office admin. The Lead will assist the Director with any communication needs. The Lead teacher is not responsible for booking all programs. The Collaborative Director suggests programs and makes introductions between teachers and organizations. Each teacher will have the responsibility to review programs and follow through on booking. The Lead Teacher position will come with a stipend of $200. ($100 paid at the start of the year, another $100 at the end of the year.) The Lead teacher and Principal will have to sign-off an acknowledgment form after a school has been selected.

Programming is provided by the following 27 member organizations of The Collaborative of the SCFD. Only the listed organizations within The Collaborative of the SCFD are eligible to provide programming for the grant.

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Butterfly Pavilion
Central City Opera
Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
City of Aurora Cultural Services incl. Aurora Fox and History Museum
City of Lakewood Heritage, Culture and the Arts
Clyfford Still Museum
Colorado Ballet
Colorado Chautauqua Association
Colorado Children's Chorale
Colorado Railroad Museum
Colorado Symphony
Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Denver Film Society
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver Zoo
Lighthouse Writers Workshop
Mizel Arts and Culture Center
Mizel Museum and The CELL- Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Opera Colorado
Swallow Hill Music
Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

Alliance Grant Recipients

Adams County
The Studio School

Arapahoe County
Byers K-12

Boulder County
Boulder Prep High School

Satellite School
Jamestown Elementary School

Broomfield County
Birch Elementary
Emerald Elementary

Denver County
South High School

Douglas County
Parker Performing Arts School

Jefferson County
Oberon Middle School
Satellite School
Green Gables Elementary School

A team of teachers from each school will receive workshops, field trips, assemblies, bus support and more from over 25 arts, culture and science organizations in the Denver-Metro area!

The grant taught me so much about what was available from museums, arts organizations, and other providers - I learned to ask for programs and work with wonderful presenters.

Cresthill Middle, Teacher

We got to do stuff that made what we are learning in the class real and helped me understand more.

Falcon Bluffs Middle, 6th grade student 

The Alliance Project gave my teaching a new sense of energy and excitement - a chance to work collaboratively with my peers in authentic experiences for our kiddos.

Excel Academy, Teacher

The Alliance Project Grant
23 Years of Providing Support to Teachers!

Before Applying for The Grant

1. Read over grant guidelines and requirements below.

2. Bring together a team of 5-8 teachers across the disciplines of Language Arts, Social Science, Science, Visual Arts, Theatre, Music/Dance or other. Choose a Lead teacher. Inform your Principal of your application.

3. Communicate with the team of how you will select a cohort of up to 180 students who will be the primary recipients of the grant.

4. Share the list of 27 eligible organizations (grant contributors-below) that are part of the grant with your team. Have each teacher look up Education programs on www.Explorableplaces.com

5. Each teacher should make note of which programs interest them and could enhance their curriculum.

6. Lead teacher will collect all teacher’s names, disciplines, email and phone numbers as well as a brief statement from each teacher regarding the programs they are interested in. The team should also provide input to the Lead as to why your school should receive the grant. Keep it handy for the application.

7. Apply! Once you have all the above information, the application should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You should receive a confirmation email upon successful submission.