August 10 – Macon County organizations are encouraged to apply for the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s annual community grants program.
The program, operated by the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, provides funding for programs and organizations that improve the oral health of Illinois children. The Foundation begins accepting applications for its annual Community Grants Program today through September 10.
The foundation will award grants of up to $10,000 to programs and organizations that spread health care awareness and improve Illinois children’s access to oral health care.
“Unfortunately, there are many children in Illinois who don’t have the access, education or tools to properly care for their teeth. Therefore, many of them suffer from untreated cavities and more serious oral health problems,” said Lora Vitek, director of philanthropy and community relations for the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation.
“We look forward to helping great organizations throughout Illinois continue their work to eliminate dental disease and improve the oral health and well-being of our state’s children by providing much-needed education and access to dental care.”
In the last five years, the Foundation has awarded nearly $800,000 through the Community Grants Program, including more than $175,000 in grants to 19 organizations last year.
The grant recipients used the funds to support mobile dental programs, purchase dental hygiene equipment and tools, support the hiring of dental professionals and provide much-needed dental care and education to children.
Criteria and an online application are available at this link. To learn more about the Delta Dental of Illinois Community Grants Program or to support the Foundation, please visit deltadentalil.com/ddilfoundation.