First-ever Getting to Zero Illinois Community Grant Program awards $350,000 in grants


The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ) this week announced the first Getting to Zero Illinois Community Grant.

AFC and GTZ centered racial equity when selecting grantees; 10 of the 14 agencies are Black- or Latinx-led. The 2021 GTZ-IL Community Grant Program Awardees are: Agape Missions, NFPCare2PreventChristian Community Health CenterCommunity Wellness ProjectCorazon Community Services, Heartland Health AllianceLighthouse Foundation of ChicagolandLorde, Rustin & Bates, Inc.Medical Organization for Latino Advancement (MOLA)Proactive Community ServicesProject VidaSouthside HIV and AIDS Resource Providers (SHARP)Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) and Westside Pastors’ Coalition for AIDS.

The Getting to Zero Illinois Community Grant Program is a pool of grants totaling $350,000. Fourteen organizations across the state have each received one-time grants of up to $30,000 for new projects that will help the state get to zero new HIV transmissions and ensure all people living with HIV are engaged in equitable care.  

“We are especially grateful to the Community Review Panel members who came from different parts of the state, various backgrounds and represented several of our priority populations to evaluate the pool of applications,” said Sara Semelka, AFC Senior Manager of Special Projects and GTZ-IL Community Grant Program leader and coordinator. “Their recommendations, along with our funding priorities of supporting smaller, Black- and Latino- led organizations has created an amazing cohort of grantees that we are proud to support.”