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Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation seeking applications for community grants

Will County organizations that improve children’s oral health may apply by Oct. 4

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is accepting applications for its annual Community Grants Program that has awarded nearly $1 million over the past six years to Illinois organizations dedicated to improving children’s oral health.

Applications for the 2019 Community Grants Program will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Oct. 4. The Foundation will award one-year grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Eligible organizations that focus on children and aim to improve oral health education, awareness and access to care are encouraged to apply.

Fill out an online application and learn more about this year’s criteria, philosophy, guidelines here:

“Poor oral health is one of the most pressing, unmet health care issues facing Illinois children — particularly those living in poverty and rural areas,” Lora Vitek, director of enterprise philanthropy and community benefit for Delta Dental of Illinois, said in a news release.

“We are proud to partner with community organizations to address these issues by expanding oral health education and access to care for children throughout the state.”

Last year, 21 nonprofit and community organizations received grants totaling more than $180,000.

The 2018 grants helped expand dental programs for children with special health care needs; provide oral health orientation, exams and cleanings for homeless teens; and extend outreach efforts in Spanish-speaking communities.

Qualified organizations need to have a physical presence in the state of Illinois and must benefit Illinois children.

Applicants can be a public or governmental entity such as a public school or health department or a public charity exempt from federal income taxes.

Preference will be given to those who help underserved segments of the population, fulfill a unique need, or have a new and innovative model that can be replicated throughout the state.

The 2019 Community Grants will be awarded this fall. Learn more about Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and its Community Grants Program at

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 the oral health of the communities it serves.

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois and works to support and improve the oral health of people in Illinois.

In the past decade, combined efforts of Delta Dental of Illinois and Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation have provided more than $5 million to programs and organizations in Illinois that improve the oral health of the residents of Illinois.

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