AIDS Foundation of Chicago announces 18 award recipients of its 2014 Challenge Grants

December 3, 2014

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is pleased to announce 18 award recipients of its 2014 Challenge Grants — a legacy program that awards financial support to organizations that are making a difference in the HIV epidemic and the lives of people living with the virus in Illinois. A combined total of $220,000 was awarded among the receiving organizations.

This year, funding was determined based on four categories: Community Mobilization, Strengthening Communities & Reducing Health Disparities, Integration of Service Systems, and Improving Outcomes at Every Stage of HIV Care. These categories directly align with the initiatives set forth by AFC’s 2013-2015 Strategic Plan.

“After an in-depth review process by our Grant Making Committee, we are excited to announce this year’s grant recipients and look forward to supporting an array of innovative and strong HIV/AIDS programs,” said Cynthia Tucker, AFC’s director of Prevention and Community Partnerships.

AFC will be providing funding to the following organizations:

  • AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
  • Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance
  • Care2Prevent at the University of Chicago
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago/Lake County Stands Against Stigma Coalition Enhancement
  • Chicago House & Social Service Agency
  • FCAN
  • Heartland Health Outreach
  • Hektoen Institute for Medical Research/City-Wide Adolescent Sexual Health Roundtable
  • Howard Brown Health Center
  • LAF
  • McDermott Center (Haymarket)
  • New Age Services Corporation
  • Open Door Clinic
  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois
  • Puerto Rican Cultural Center — Vida/SIDA/MSM Taskforce
  • The CORE Foundation/Step Up Get Tested Plus
  • The Night Ministry
  • TPA Network

The 2014 Challenge Grants prioritize strategies advancing the fight against HIV/AIDS within the following populations identified in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men of all races and ethnicities, African Americans, Latinos/Latinas, transgender people and women of color.

“Given the major changes facing the HIV/AIDS service sector, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, new prevention strategies and the increasing need for community collaboration, our Challenge Grants give us an opportunity to fund innovative programs that address immediate and long-term priorities in an ever-changing HIV/AIDS landscape,” said John Peller, AFC president/CEO.

Categorized under AFC news and Illinois.

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