IACA Announces FY14 Arts & Foreign Language Grant Recipients

Arts and Foreign Language Assistance Grants Program
Fiscal Year 2014 Recipients

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA), in cooperation with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants to 21 school districts across the state for arts and foreign language education. A joint project of the IACA and ISBE, the Arts and Foreign Language Assistance Grants Program (AFL) is designed to assist public schools with the development, maintenance, or enhancement of curricular programs in the arts or foreign language.

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 in each discipline for up to four years, with one year of planning and three years of implementation.

Planning Grants

The one-year planning grant is to develop district-based plans for initiating, strengthening, or expanding instruction in the arts or foreign language. Funding recommendations were made by a panel of practitioners familiar with arts and foreign language programming from across the state and region. Fourteen districts are receiving planning grants totaling $272,335.

District

City

Discipline

Amount

Bushnell-Prairie City CU School Dist 170

Bushnell

Arts

$15,600

Carbondale Elem School Dist 95

Carbondale

Foreign Language

$25,000

Champaign CU School Dist 4

Champaign

Arts

$22,240

East Richland CU District 1

Olney

Arts

$14,500

East St Louis School Dist 189

East St Louis

Foreign Language

$25,000

Elmhurst CU School District 205

Elmhurst

Arts

$24,760

Hillsboro CU School Dist 3

Hillsboro

Arts

$7,550

Lincoln-Way Comm High School Dist 210

New Lenox

Foreign Language

$20,985

Matteson Elem School Dist 159

Matteson

Foreign Language

$19,915

Namaste Charter School

Chicago

Arts

$24,200

Oak Lawn Comm High Dist 218

Oak Lawn

Foreign Language

$25,000

Park Forest-Chicago Hts Dist 163

Park Forest

Arts

$25,000

Scott Co CU School Dist 1

Winchester

Arts

$7,250

St Charles CU School Dist 303

St Charles

Foreign Language

$15,335

Implementation Grants

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. Seven districts are receiving $233,389 for their final year of implementation. 

District

City

Discipline

Amount

Cook Co School District 130

Blue Island

Arts

$34,000

Schaumburg CC School Dist 54

Schaumburg

Foreign Language

$37,500

Sesser-Valier CU School Dist 196

Sesser

Foreign Language

$35,303

Ina CC School District 8

Ina

Arts

$37,500

Lake Forest School Dist 67

Lake Forest

Foreign Language

$37,394

Community High School Dist 117

Lake Villa

Arts

$26,092

Fremont School District 79

Mundelein

Arts

$25,600

For more information, contact Jerome Grand, Program Consultant, at jerome.grand@illinois.gov or (312) 814-6766.