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updated: 3/11/2013 1:38 PM

Naperville to discuss funding for cultural programs

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Naperville City Council members will meet at 5 p.m. Monday to discuss and possibly approve the distribution of as much as $1.9 million to as many as 88 applicants seeking $3.1 million in grants from the city's Special Events and Cultural Amenities fund.

Naperville offers the SECA money, derived from a citywide .75 percent food and beverage tax, to assist eligible organizations pay for new and continued cultural experiences. The money has been used in a variety of ways, ranging from assistance to the DuPage Children's Museum to funding for the Century Walk public art project to offering assistance for community festivals.

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The remaining .25 percent of the total 1 percent food and beverage tax has been diverted to the city's General Fund since 2011.

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