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 and other eligible applicants with the development, maintenance, or enhancement of curricular programs in the arts or foreign language.
Section 2-3.65a of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/2-3.65a) authorizes the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) to provide grants to school districts and other 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.
AFL has provided funds to about a hundred school districts across the state and has resulted in the expansion and creation of:
- new faculty positions
- new programs
- new district wide curricular and assessment standards
- new courses
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 AFL page: www.isbe.net/arts-fl/ . For a map of the planning and implementation grants awarded since program inception in fiscal year 2006: http://arts.illinois.gov/files/content/AFL-MapFY14.pdf  .