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:
- world language exploration courses
- pre-professional courses in the graphic arts, commercial art, illustration and advanced placement
- world drumming courses, multicultural music and art, and cross-curricular materials
- digital photography class
- new courses in Chinese and Arabic and continuing programs in Spanish, French and German
- new faculty positions
- new programs in dance and movement
- theater instruction and productions
- new district wide curricular and assessment standards
- guitar instruction and jazz ensembles…
Additionally, schools have used funds to purchase:
- technological, curricular and resource materials
- professional seminars and conference registrations
- class supplies, musical instruments and computer software
- artist-in-residence services…
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 .