DIFFA Chicago’s grant making tradition has been to support programs and activities that reflect a unique or innovative approach to addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS in the Chicagoland area and whose programs align with Get To Zero Illinois.
We continue to seek requests where public support and other philanthropies – including an organization’s own fund raising capacity – is not otherwise available, and where DIFFA Chicago grant funds can be appropriately positioned to expand and diversify the impact of an organization’s service program(s).
We also seek proposals that include appropriate and strategic collaboration among agencies.
The DIFFA Chicago granting process selects Chicago agencies providing the best care possible – those who put dollars where they have the most impact to help the men, women, and children living with and/or impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Community-based 501(c)(3) organizations providing direct service, preventive education, and outreach to people who are HIV positive, living with AIDS or at-risk of infection.
DIFFA Chicago issues grants annually. Applications are available beginning September 20, 2023, with the deadline to submit being October 20, 2023. In some cases, a special grant may be awarded during the year to meet specific funder, community or emergency needs.
Grants fall under two categories: Chapter Grants and Foundation Grants
In both instances, DIFFA Chicago does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Invitations are sent out in the fall of each year to apply.
After review, grants are then approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Grants are presented at the Excellence In Care Awards in February, and shared with the world through a robust social media campaign.
The review and scoring of agency grant applications is a very detailed and hands-on process. The DIFFA Chicago Board is committed to ensuring that donated funds are applied and used to their fullest extent.
Invitations for Applications from community organizations go out in the Fall. The ask:
How the money would be used
Summary description of the program
Board Review of Applications
Grant Review Teams are established from members of the board.
Each team is given a set number of applications to review in depth. One-on-one interviews with applicant organizations are set up.
In-person, on-site interviews are held between the Grant Review Teams and the Applicant Organizations. Virtual interviews have been used when health concerns dictate.
Review of facilities, program, provided documentation.
Based upon interviews and review of provided documentation, rankings are established by each Grant Review Team against consistent and universal criteria, for each organization.
Rankings are provided to the DIFFA Chicago Executive Committee for review.
Recommendations are made to the Board.
Grant Review Teams present their individual findings to the full Board.
The Board debates and establishes recommendations for grant award and dollar amounts.
The Board votes, making the final decisions.
Official announcement of Grantee Organizations is made at the Excellence in Care Awards in February of each year.
Announcements of awards are supported through social media visibility campaign.
Our Commitment to Finding a Cure:
Since 1990, THE DIFFA Chicago Fellowship has supported a 2nd year HIV/AIDS Research and Clinical Studies Fellow at the Northwestern Medicine Center for Infectious Diseases; actively supporting the pursuit of a cure.
25 DIFFA Chicago Fellows now
Peter F. Bornstein, MD, MBA
Peter F. Bornstein, MD, MBA
Peter Bornstein, MD, MBA
Concepta Merry, MSc, PhD
Kristin Englund, MD
Lee Cheng Chuan, MBBS
Trevor Slom, MD
Carlos Zambrano, MD
John Baraboutis, MD
Padmam Sriram, MD
Adam Treitman, MD
Edwin Yu, MD
Claudia Hawkins, MD, MPH
Angel Leake, MD, MPH
Michael Angarone, DO
Susan Pacheco, MD
Patrick Ryscavage, MD
Niki Alami, MD
Ramona Bhatia, MD, MS
Guajira Thomas, MD, MSCI
Ellie Sukerman, MD, MSCI
Amesika Nyaku, MD, MSCI
Sean Kelly, MD
Karen Krueger, MD
Janna Williams, MD
Mary Clare Masters, MD
Lindsey Morrison, MD
Kendall Kling, MD
Omar Al-Heeti, MD
Rebecca Osborn, MD
Joshua Craft, MD
Since 1984, proceeds from such events have enabled the various regional DIFFA chapters to grant over $50 million to AIDS service and education organizations nationwide.
DIFFA Chicago Excellence in Care 2022 Grant Recipients:
University of Chicago – Care2Prevent
Amita Health Housing & Health Alliance
Center on Halsted
Heartland Alliance Health
Heartland Alliance Human Care Services
Legal Council for Health Justice
Mother & Child Alliance
Northwestern Medicine Fellowship
Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN)