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FY 2020 Ryan White CARE Act Request for Proposals

AFC Announcement - Request for Proposals
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act Part A & B

NEW: Click here to learn about our community-based review process for Ryan White Grant applications.

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is pleased to announce the release of a funding opportunity for agencies interested in providing services to people living with HIV and AIDS in Chicago and the surrounding counties. This funding opportunity is primarily funded by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The grant period for selected awardees will begin in the spring of 2020.

Service categories: Ambulatory Outpatient Medical Care, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Oral Health, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Medical Case Management, Non-Medical Case Management, Legal, Food Bank, Home-Delivered Meals, and Housing. For more information about the Ryan White program and these services, click here

Eligible Respondents:

  • Must operate a physical site and/or deliver services (with no physical site) in the Chicago Eligible Metropolitan Area, including Cook County and seven collar counties: DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will. 
  • Must be governed by a board of directors. 
  • Must be a community-based organization, community health center, hospital, health department, mental health center, substance abuse treatment center, university, nonprofit organization or private for-profit organization*.
  • Have a functioning accounting system that is operated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles or an agreement with a designated eligible entity that maintains such information and acts as the respondent’s fiscal agent.
  • Be Medicaid-certified if providing services that are Medicaid-eligible.
  • Have all required licenses and certifications required by appropriate government agencies to perform the proposed services and procure all permits and pay all charges, taxes and fees.

* Private for-profit entities may apply for these funds if they can adequately demonstrate that they are the only provider of quality HIV services for a specific category in the geographic area they intend to serve

Important Documents

FY 2020 Request for Proposals for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Acts Part A & B
RFP Narrative Workbook
RFP Forms Workbook
Intent to Apply Form

Click here to register for a webinar for AFC Request for Proposals for Ryan White Services Funded Under the HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act Part A & B 2020 on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST.

Bidder's FAQ

Find below responses to frequently asked questions about the Care RFP.

Bidder's FAQ Sept. 9, 2019

Bidder's FAQ Sept. 10, 2019

Bidder's FAQ Sept. 27, 2019

Recorded Bidder's Conference Webinar


For questions, please contact Bashirat Olayanju, Senior Director of Care, at Bolayanju@aidschcago.org or 312-334-0951.

Community-based review process for Ryan White grant applications 

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is seeking reviewers to evaluate applications from agencies hoping to provide services under the Ryan White Treatment Modernization Act. AFC uses a competitive review process to make grant awards for community organizations. During the review process, experts in the fields of social services, HIV services, community development, and individuals belonging to communities disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS are invited to read and evaluate applications. 

AFC seeks individuals with:  

  • Ability to understand public health delivery program design concepts
  • Familiarity with HIV/AIDS service provision, epidemiology or other communicable disease methodology 
  • Ability to succinctly summarize complex information in writing and through oral presentation 
  • Ability to identify and present key concepts efficiently and clearly 
  • Ability to conduct impartial and confidential reviews of proposals submitted by applicants 
  • Proficiency in the use of email and other online, web-based interaction 
  • Ability to participate in review meetings 


Reviewers read and score applications Oct. 22 – Nov. 12
Reviewers discuss scores in meetings Nov. 18 – Nov. 22
Funding awards announced Dec. 6




Review Panelist Expectations 

Time commitment: Each panelist will receive between three and five proposals to review over a one-week period.   

Maintain confidentiality:  It is expected that the names of applicants, their proposed strategies and fiscal operations are to be kept confidential by panelists during all aspects of the granting and review process.  

Conflict of interest: Panelists cannot review proposal applications from agencies for which they are employed, have ownership interest, or participate as board members or volunteers. Panelists with employment, interest ownership or board membership of an applicant agency may be assigned to review panels in which their agency is not applying or currently providing service. 

For more information or to sign up, please contact Román Buenrostro by Oct. 15, 2019 at rbuenrostro@aidschicago.org or 312-334-0960