Foundation Community Grants Kick Off

Posted on August 1, 2013 in In the Community

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, is kicking off its annual community grants program to provide funding for programs and organizations that improve the oral health of children within the state.

The Foundation will award grants of $1,000 to $10,000 to nonprofit organizations that provide oral health education and/or access to oral health resources to Illinois children. The Foundation will be distributing a total of $100,000 in grants. Applications must be submitted by Sept. 3.

“Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease in the United States, and in Illinois, more than half of third graders have experienced cavities,” said Craig Grannon, chair of the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Grants Committee. “The need is great, and the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is committed to improving the health of Illinois children. That's why the Foundation, in partnership with Delta Dental of Illinois, is investing $100,000 to further our commitment by supporting nonprofit organizations with programs focused on improving children's oral health across the state.”

Last year, the Foundation awarded nearly $75,000 to 10 organizations, including Adams County Health Department, The Children's Place Association, Douglas County Health Department, Hancock County Health and Wellness Coalition, Howard Area Community Center, Oak Park and River Forest Infant Welfare Society – The Children's Clinic, Lake Land College, Little City Foundation, McHenry County Cooperative Dental Clinic and Riverbend Head Start and Family Services, Inc.

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