Arts and Foreign Language Education Grant Program

  • Illinois Arts Council Agency
  • James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph, Suite 10-500
  • Chicago, IL 60601
  • (312) 814-6750
  • (888) 261-7957
  • Email:
  • Website Link:

Purpose of the Program

The Arts and Foreign Language Education Grant Program (AFL) is a joint initiative through Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Its purpose is to support 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 Assistance 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.

Who is Eligible

Municipalities and Other groups. Eligibility varies for planning vs. implementation grants. Please check website for details.

Application Process

Application Deadline


Availability of Funds

$40,000 for Planning and $100,000 for Implementation

Types of Assistance