Special Events and Cultural Amenities Fund
FY15 (2014-2015) SECA Fund Application Process

The application period  for the FY15(2014-2015) SECA Fund grant is now closed. Applications for the 2015-2016 SECA Fund gant cycle will be available in September 2014. The FY15 SECA Grant application is available below as reference only.

FY15 SECA Fund Award Process 

  •  Advisory Cultural Commission SECA Fund Workshop – A workshop was held on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers of the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. At this workshop, the Commission discussed their individual grant recommendations and reached consensus on overall dollars awarded. 
  •  Advisory Cultural Commission SECA Fund Public Hearing -- A Public hearing was held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chamber of the Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. The public hearing provided applicants with an opportunity to address the Advisory Cultural Commission regarding their SECA Fund application. Following are the final FY15 SECA Fund Recommendations as determined by the Advisory Cultural Commission.  
  • City Council Workshop – March 24, 2014, 5 p.m., City Council Chamber, 400 S. Eagle St. -- At this workshop, the Council reviewed the recommendations of the Commission and made final funding decisions, which will be formally approved on April 15. Following are the City Council recommendations determined at the workshop:

FY14 SECA Fund Awards

The City Council held their annual SECA Workshop on Monday, March 11, 2013 to determine their 2013-2014 SECA Fund award recommendations. The final awards were determined at their regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Following are the FINAL FY14 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 SECA fund recipients are required to complete a 6-month and/or final report based on the amount of money they receive.

Recipients of $10,000 or more in SECA funding are required to submit a 6-month and a final report.

Recipients of $10,000 or less are required to submit a final report only.

All six-month reports are due to Jennifer Runestad at by Monday, November 4, 2013. All final reports are due within 120 days following the completion of the event or project.

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.”