The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Meridian Health Plan, Inc. are partnering to offer micro grants to support local social service providers. In 2017, Capacity Building grants are offered in a second cycle as a part of the AFC Learning Circle Collaborative (LCC). The LCC is designed to improve agency infrastructure in order to improve organizational goals such as health outcomes, community needs and increasing access to care services. The LCC is based on the concept and understanding of capacity building that emphasizes agency effectiveness and shared learning, and seeks to enhance the ability of organizations to achieve their missions.
Meridian Health Plan, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc., partners with government customers, physicians and communities to deliver Medicaid and Medicare managed care services in Illinois with a focus on preventative health. As of March 31, 2017, WellCare and Meridian Health Plan serve approximately 205,000 members in Illinois, including 156,000 Medicaid members, 17,000 Medicare Advantage plan members and 32,000 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan members.
Through the Advocate Microgrant RFP Process, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago will award up to five grants for up to $1,500 in capacity building consulting each to increase the capacity of challenge grant organizations. It is recognized that, depending on an organization’s stage of development, capacity might best be supported in activities, such as board development, fundraising planning, leadership development and communications planning.