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Funding Opportunities

$4 Million COVID-19 Utilization: Decreasing Oral Health Disparities Health Equity Grant Program

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation created this program to assist organizations working to improve the oral and overall health of children impacted by poverty and COVID-19.

Each foundation is contributing $2 million for this initiative. Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded and must be used within two years (up to $100,000 per year). Eligible organizations must work in Illinois communities where children may not be able to access quality, comprehensive oral health services as a result of systemic health and social inequities.

Organizations may apply by August 2. For full criteria and to apply, visit here

Now Accepting Applications for Community Grants

For nearly a decade, the Community Grants Program has been a steady source of support for community organizations, helping to ensure Illinois children and families receive the oral health care and education they need as the foundation continues to make a difference across the state.

To be eligible, organizations must focus on children and aim to improve oral health care access and education. Applicants must have a physical presence in the state of Illinois and must do work benefiting Illinois children. They can be a public or governmental entity, such as a public school or health department, or a public charity exempt from federal income taxes.

Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m., Central time, on August 13. Up to $20,000 will be awarded for each grant. View full criteria, philosophy and guidelines and apply today.

Previous funding opportunities:

  • Community Grants - this annual program supports organizations dedicated to improving education and increasing access to oral health care for Illinois children.
  • H2O On the Go - a shared initiative with Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, this program replaces existing water fountains with new, touch-free water bottle-filling stations to encourage Illinois students to choose water over other sugary beverages.
  • Medical and Dental Integration Grants - integration of oral health into primary care is key to expanding quality healthcare for Illinoisan children. In collaboration with Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, grants helped Illinois clinics integrate oral health and medical services in a clinical setting.
  • COVID-19 Grants - grants assisted Illinois health service organizations that were impacted financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.