Each fiscal year since 2005, the city sets aside one percent of the food and beverage tax for what’s called the “Special Events and Cultural Amenities” – or “SECA” grants.
The SECA money for fiscal year 2012 amounted to roughly $2.5 million.
Of that, more than $1 million, or roughly 40%, must pay for previous agreements for the DuPage Children’s Museum debt service, paying off the Carillon loan, Riverwalk maintenance, and Municipal Band concerts.
The remaining pot was then split amongst organizations that apply, to help pay for initiatives that celebrate the city’s diversity, culture, and heritage.
After several workshops, the Advisory Cultural Commission has determined how these funds should be allocated before going to city council for final approval…
For right now, the biggest benefactors include:
-The Exchange Club of Naperville for “Ribfest” ($189,544)
-The Naperville Century Walk for its public art program ($163,981).
-The Naperville Development Partnership for its restaurant marketing program ($125,000).
In all, more than 60 organizations applied for SECA grants, including Naperville Cares for its Cuisine for a Cause fundraiser, the Naperville Women’s Club for its fine art fair, Xilin Assocation for its Lantern Festival, and 360 Youth Services for its Spring Ahead run.
The city council will discuss the recommended distribution at a SECA workshop on March 11th and will make a final decision in April.
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