DDIL Foundation Seeks Applications for Community Grants Program

Posted on August 12, 2014 in In the Community

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, kicked off its annual community grants program to provide funding for programs and organizations that improve the oral health of Illinois children.

The Foundation will award grants of $1,000 to $10,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations that provide oral health education and/or access to oral health resources to children within the state. The Foundation will be distributing a total of $100,000 in grants. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 5.

Illinois public charities that are classified as exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) such as a public schools or health departments, are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Tooth decay is nearly 100 percent preventable, but in Illinois, more than one in four children have had a cavity in the past year. The need for children's dental care in our state is significant, and the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is committed to supporting programs and organizations that offer access and education to help improve children's oral health.

Last year, the Foundation awarded $108,000 to 14 organizations, including The Children's Place Association, Community Nurse Health Association, Douglas County Health Department, Erie Family Health Center, The Hope School, Howard Area Community Center, Illinois State Dental Society Foundation, Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, Lake Land College, Little City Foundation, McHenry County Cooperative Dental Clinic, Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society, Promise Healthcare and Riverbend Head Start & Family Services.

To learn more about the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's community grants program or to support the Foundation, please visit deltadentalil.com/ddilfoundation.