Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation seeks applications for Community Grants

Illinois organizations that improve children’s oral health may apply by Oct. 1

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (September 1, 2022) – Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is now accepting applications for its annual Community Grants Program, which has awarded 167 grants totaling more than $1.6 million since 2014 to Illinois organizations dedicated to improving children’s oral health.

The Community Grants Program focuses on improving the health of Illinois children by supporting organizations that provide access to dental education and care.

Applications for the 2022 Community Grants Program are open beginning today, September 1, and will close on October 1. Applications can be found online at Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s website,

Non-profit organizations with a physical presence in Illinois can apply for a one-year grant of up to $20,000.  To qualify, organizations must do work benefiting Illinois children as a public or governmental entity, such as a public school or health department, or a public charity exempt from federal income taxes. The 2022 Community Grants will be officially awarded in November.

Last year, 18 nonprofit and community organizations received grants totaling more than $245,000. The 2021 grants helped ensure children in the foster care system get access to

dental care, expanded patient outreach to serve more individuals in need of quality care, provided care and education to children in after-school programs and more.

About Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation was formed in March 2008 by Delta Dental of Illinois, a not-for-profit dental service corporation with a mission to improve overall health and well-being. Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois. In the past decade, combined efforts of Delta Dental of Illinois and Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation have provided nearly $20 million to programs and organizations in Illinois that improve the oral health of the state’s residents. For additional information about Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, visit