Arts and Foreign Language assistance grants program (AFL)

Informational sessions across the state regarding available funding for public schools with the Arts and Foreign Language assistance grants program


ILLINOIS-There will be several informational sessions across the state regarding available funding for public schools with the Arts and Foreign Language assistance grants program (AFL), a joint initiative of the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Illinois State Board of Education.


This program, which began in 2006, 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. Funding is available for up to four years, with one year of planning and three years of implementation.


The informational sessions are intended to provide details on the program, its history, its purpose, and the Request for Proposals (RFP) process. There will be question and answer period and time for attendees to meet and share ideas with each other. The sessions are scheduled in various locations across the state and will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 pm (except where noted*).

The schedule is as follows:



Monday, May 6, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

City Hall, Council Chambers, first floor

201 E. Jefferson Avenue, Effingham, IL 62401, (217) 342-5304,



Tuesday, May 7, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Benton Public Library District, meeting room

502 S. Main Street, Benton, IL  62812, (618) 438-7511,


Fairview Heights

Wednesday, May 8, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Fairview Heights Public Library, conference room

10017 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights, IL 62208, (618) 489-2070,



Thursday, May 9, 3:30 - 5:00 pm               

Jacksonville Public Library, conference room

201 W. College Avenue, Jacksonville, IL 62650, (217) 243-5435,



Monday, May 13, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Wilmington Public Library, community room

201 S. Kankakee Street, Wilmington, IL 60481, (815) 476-2834,



Tuesday, May 14, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Peoria Public Library, Lakeview Branch, Lakeview room

1137 W. Lake Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614, (309) 497-2200,



Wednesday, May 15, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Silvis Public Library, back room

105 8th Street, Silvis, IL 61282, (309) 755-3393,



Thursday, May 16,*3:45 - 5:15 pm
Freeport Public Library, meeting room A

100 E. Douglas Street, Freeport, IL 61032, (815) 233-3000,



Recommended attendees include arts and foreign language educators, department chairs, grants officers, curriculum directors, principals, administrators, district superintendents, and other interested parties.


For information on AFL go to > Innovation & Improvement > Arts and Foreign Language:


These sessions are open to the public and free. To RSVP or for more information, contact Jerome Grand, Arts and Foreign Language Program Consultant,, (312) 814-6762.


AFL informational sessions 2013