Working with just about half a million dollars in SECA funds, the Advisory Cultural Commission, who oversee the allocations, held a workshop and gave grant seekers an opportunity to address the commission.
“One of the things that we need to consider, to my mind, especially on days like today, is that there is applicant competition. And so my apologies to the people that are out here. Nobody is going to deny that they have what they view are good causes, good events, but let’s face it, we’re competing for the same dollar,” said Brand Bobosky, Board Member of Naperville Century Walk.
Many groups also indicated that their programs would suffer significantly with either partial or no funding from SECA.
“It would not be the program we see today. We would not be able to provide the number of books to the schools, it could be possible that we have to, once again, have students bussed, which would mean the schools might have to pick up that funding. We’re not certain. We are committed to the program, but it wouldn’t look and be the quality program it is today,” said Donna Kouri from Jumping Off the Page.
“In our application we did indicate that if we received partial funding, it would affect the location of the concert. To use Wentz is about $2,500 and that, honestly, would probably be the first thing that would go. We would probably have to look for a location that would be a donated facility,” said Paula Ball, Executive Director of the Naperville Men’s Glee Club.
The groups seeking additional funding were in luck today, as Turning Pointe Autism Foundation withdrew their application, giving an extra $10,000 to be redistributed.
While the majority of the recommendations remained the same, they dispersed the surplus among three groups.
Jumping Off the Page received an extra $4,000. Naperville Sister Cities Commission received $1,500 and the Naperville Men’s Glee Club received an additional $4,500.
The recommendations will be presented for City Council to review on March 21st.
Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.
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