SECA Funds

Recently, Naperville not-for-profits who applied for SECA funds were able to find out how much money they might expect from the city.

This year 89 applicants applied for a total of roughly $3 million, but not everyone will get the funding they asked for.

“The SECA fund is capped at $2 million, this year there’s $2.4 million that’s available for funding allocation because there’s a 2% escalator that’s built into the fund,” said Jennifer Runestead, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Naperville.

After the Advisory Cultural Commission reviewed each application, 74 grants remained under consideration, allowing the team to cut $893,000 from the running for the funds, which come from a 1% citywide food and beverage tax.

Allocations range from about $200 dollars for the Naperville Heritage Society events to roughly $175 thousand for the Exchange Club of Naperville.

This money helps Naperville not-for-profits run their businesses and put on events like The Last Fling and Ribfest, which raise money for the community and help enhance the culture in the city.

A public hearing will be held on February 14 for applicants to react to the recommendations made at the last meeting, which will then go to City Council for final approval.

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