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Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund
FY16 (2015-2016) SECA Fund Application Process

The FY16 (2015-2016) SECA Fund application is now available. The deadline for all applications is Friday, October 31, 2014.

NEW! Mandatory SECA Workshop

All SECA Fund applicants MUST attend one of two mandatory SECA Workshops in order to be eligible to apply for funding. Workshops will be held:

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7 p.m.
    City Council Chambers
    Naperville Municipal Center
    400 S. Eagle St. 
      
  • Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9 a.m.
    City Council Chambers
    Naperville Municipal Center
    400 S. Eagle St. 

All applicants are encouraged to read the SECA Manual for more information on the application and reimbursement process.


FY15 SECA Fund Awards

The City Council held their annual SECA Workshop on Monday, March 24, 2014 to determine their 2014-2015 SECA Fund award recommendations. The final awards were determined at their regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Following are the FINAL FY15 SECA Fund Awards:


SECA Fund Policy and Procedures

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


SECA Fund Reporting Requirements

All grantees must submit a Final Financial Report to the Special Events Coordinator no later than 90 days after the completion of the project/event/program/initiative.


SECA Fund Reimbursement Requests

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


About the Fund

The strength of Naperville flows from a variety of community organizations and opportunities, which provide a well-rounded quality of life. The City of Naperville encourages celebrations of community and cultural opportunities that focus on the heritage, diversity and character of the city. In support of these activities, the City of Naperville offers funds, derived from the city-wide 1% Food and Beverage Tax, for the purpose of aiding eligible organizations in providing new and continued cultural experiences. The Special Events & Cultural Amenities (SECA) Fund Grant began in 2005. Utilizing a commited revenue source tied to culture and events, the grant facilitates a beneficial economic cycle, as depicted below.

SECA Economic Cycle

In 2005, 65 out of 75 SECA grant applicants were awarded over $2.5 million dollars and over $1.2 million was donated to local charities as a result of the SECA funded projects. In 2006, 71 out of 99 grant applicants were awarded over $2.5 million dollars.


Grant Acknowledgement/Recognition

Grantee agrees that credit will be given to the City on all public notices, publicity, printed projects, etc. The following language shall be used in such notices: “This project is partially funded by a grant from the City of Naperville.”