DIFFA/Chicago is a grant giving organization that provides Excellence in Care Grant Awards to Chicago area service providers. A team consisting of a professional in that field and a DIFFA/Chicago board member review each agency applying for funding. Review of proposals is followed by site visits and interviews with the organizations’ staff. We fund in the categories of advocacy and education, health and clinical services, meals and nutrition, housing, and support and counseling. The agencies shown to provide the best care receive an unrestricted grant.
DIFFA/Chicago has been awarding grants since 1987 totaling over two million dollars. Our support from the beginning of this deadly disease has provided several agencies with the funding to open their doors, and our continued support has helped them to stay open to provide care where it is needed.
In 1990, the DIFFA/Chicago Fellowship was established and is funded specifically for HIV/AIDS research within Northwestern Medicine.
The DIFFA/Chicago granting process selects agencies providing the best care possible in Chicago, and the ability to put dollars where they have the most impact to help the men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS.