54 Illinois organizations receive grants to improve health care

Posted on November 19, 2021 in Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation


Almost $8 million awarded statewide by Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

and Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

Mixed young children with happy faces54 organizations are among those statewide recently awarded grants through two programs that together provided nearly $8 million this year to help improve the oral and overall health of Illinoisans.

The Health Equity Grant and COVID-19 Renewal Grant programs are funded by Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation. The programs aim to improve health care across the state — especially among children — through education and access to quality care.

These programs make a difference in countless lives by helping Illinois children and families get the health and dental care they need. Beyond improving access to care, these grants also provide education, which is key to setting the foundation for a lifetime of good health.

The grants aim to break down barriers preventing children from accessing quality, comprehensive oral health services. Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is proud to partner with Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation in the important work of eliminating health disparities across the state.  

Details about the two foundations’ Health Equity Grants and COVID-19 Renewal Grants are below:

Health Equity Grants: The two foundations awarded $4 million to 19 Illinois organizations through the new COVID-19 Utilization: Decreasing Oral Health Disparities Health Equity Grant Program to assist organizations working to improve the oral and overall health of children impacted by poverty and COVID-19. Each foundation contributed $2 million for this initiative. Grants of up to $200,000 were awarded for use within two years. View a full list of recipients.

COVID-19 Renewal Grants: More than $3.5 million was awarded by the two foundations to 35 Illinois health centers and clinics that deliver vital health care services to residents who may face obstacles to care. The grants, which were renewed in 2021 to organizations that received them in 2020, aim to offset costs associated with reopening and continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of up to $100,000 were available to Illinois health centers and clinics that integrate oral health into a primary health care setting. View a full list of recipients.

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