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A joint project of the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Arts and Foreign Language Implementation and Planning Assistance Grants program (AFL) is designed to assist Illinois public school districts, public university laboratory schools, charter schools and area vocational schools with the development, maintenance, or enhancement of curricular programs in the arts or foreign language.
The Arts and Foreign Language Assistance Grants Program (AFL) was established in 2006 by section 2-3.65 of the school code (105 ILSC 5/2-3.65). It enables the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Illinois State Board of Education to provide grants to eligible applicants for the purpose of supporting arts and foreign language education in schools, with an emphasis on ensuring that these areas become part of the school’s core curriculum.
Funding is available for each area for up to four years, with one year of planning and three years of implementation. The one-year planning grant is to develop district-based plans for initiating, strengthening, or expanding instruction in the arts or foreign language. The three-year implementation grant is to introduce, strengthen, or expand instruction in the arts or foreign language and to develop means of perpetuating the funded program with local resources after the conclusion of the grant period.
AFL has provided funds to near a hundred school districts across the state and has resulted in the expansion and creation of:
Additionally, schools have used funds to purchase:
For more information, contact Jerome Grand, Program Consultant
firstname.lastname@example.org, (312) 814–6766
For additional resources, including previous RFPs and documents, visit ISBE’s Innovation and Improvement AFL page: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/grants/html/arts-fl.htm
For a map of the planning and implementation grants awarded since program inception in fiscal year 2006, follow this link.