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Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Launches New Community Grants Program

Posted on August 7, 2012

 

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire—The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, is launching a new 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. Applications can be submitted online at http://www.deltadentalil.com/community_grants_ddilfoundation by Oct. 1.

"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 nearly $100,000 to further our commitment by supporting nonprofit organizations with programs focused on improving children's oral health across the state."

Lora Vitek, director of philanthropy and community relations, commented, "Our grants program augments the Foundation's own oral health educational programs, including 'Land of Smiles,' which visits elementary schools across the state and educates nearly 30,000 Illinois children each year; and 'Dentist by 1,' a statewide public service campaign to educate parents and caregivers about the benefits of taking their children to the dentist by age 1 and educates them on how to care for their children's oral health."

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