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Special Events & Cultural Amenities Program

The City of Naperville encourages celebrations of community that focus on the heritage, diversity, and character of Naperville. In support of these activities, the City of Naperville established the Special Events & Cultural Amenities (SECA) Fund in 2004 as “a separate fund used solely for the funding of social and artistic events and entities, providing cultural experiences for the Naperville community and its visitors.”

The application period for funding year 2017 (May 2016-April 2017) SECA Fund applications is NOW CLOSED. The deadline for all applications was Friday, October 30, 2015.

For more information about the grant, contact

Dawn Portner, Special Events Coordinator

City Clerk's Office
400 S. Eagle Street
Naperville, IL 60540
TEL: (630) 305-5340 EMAIL:

Important Dates

SECA Applications for CY2017

The link for the Gifts Online SECA application will be available on Monday, October 24, 2016, and due by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

Special Event Application

Special Event Applications will be due on Monday, October 24, 2016

Mandatory One-Hour Workshops

  • Monday, October 17, 2016, 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers or
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 10 a.m., Council Chambers or
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016, 2 p.m., Council Chambers

SECA Workshops

  • Saturday, January 21, 2017, 9-11 a.m., Council Chambers
    Commission Workshop – Each SECA Grant applicant will have the opportunity to address the SECA Commission for three minutes during Public Forum.   This will also give the Commission the opportunity to ask questions of the individual grant applicate about their specific program or event.  
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 6-8 p.m., City Hall Lunchroom
    Commission Meeting – Members of the SECA Commission will be reviewing and discussing the individual SECA grant applications.  Grant applicants are welcome to attend. 
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017, 9-11 a.m., Council Chambers
    Commission Workshop – The Commissioners will review their final recommendations for SY17.  Each applicant will have the opportunity to address the Commission for three minutes during Public Forum.

Documents and Reports

SECA fund applicants and recipients must be familiar with all policies and procedures related to the SECA Fund.

All SECA fund recipients are required to submit a Final Financial Report. All recipients, regardless of award allocation, must complete all sections of the report form.

All SECA Fund recipients are required to submit the following reimbursement request form along with supporting invoices in order to begin the reimbursement process.

The following SECA grant recommendations for FY17 were approved by City Council at the April 19 City Council meeting.