COLUMBIA, SC (November 28, 2017) – To help meet the dental health needs of children and adults, Delta Dental of Missouri, which also does business in South Carolina as Delta Dental of South Carolina, announced today the launch of its new online grant application system and is welcoming applications. The nonprofit 501(c)(4) company provides grants to organizations in South Carolina that focus on reducing dental disease through education, prevention and treatment with an emphasis on assisting underserved children and adults.
“We’re excited to launch this new grant application system to expedite requests from organizations that align with our mission to improve oral health in the communities we are proud to serve,” said Rob Goren, president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Missouri. “By partnering with organizations we can have a great impact on dental health through education and access to care, helping people live better lives through improved oral health.”
Delta Dental of South Carolina awards general operating grants, program/project grants, capacity-building grants and equipment grants for programs that promote the oral health of individuals in South Carolina.
To be eligible for oral health grants, South Carolina applicants must first complete a letter of intent through the online application system at https://www.deltadentalsc.com/AboutUs/oral-health-grant-program, which includes complete program guidelines and application instructions. Organizations meeting the initial criteria will be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration. Applicants must be considered tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a public or governmental entity, such as a public school or health department, and serve the people of South Carolina.
Grant applications are accepted at any time during the year, however quarterly deadlines impact which applications will be considered for grants to be awarded during each quarter. Grant decisions are made in March, May, August and October. Grants requests must be a minimum of $5,000 and may be for a single year or multiple years. Organizations with existing active grants from Delta Dental of South Carolina are not eligible to receive additional grant funding within the same calendar year.
In 2017, Delta Dental of South Carolina awarded oral health program grants to a variety of South Carolina organizations, which included:
· A $30,000 grant to Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg and its Pediatric Oral Health Program, which links children in Spartanburg County school districts to oral healthcare through screenings, classroom education, a free dental clinic and a school-based mobile dental clinic, providing care in three of Spartanburg’s seven school districts.
· A $6,800 grant to United Way of Midlands and the Well Partners Dental and Eye Health Clinic, which provides dental and vision care to underserved children and adults in Lexington and Richland counties.
· A $15,000 grant to Palmetto Health Foundation for the Palmetto Health Dental Center, which provides preventative and restorative dentistry for the underserved in the Columbia and Midlands communities of South Carolina.
In 2016, Delta Dental of Missouri and Delta Dental of South Carolina contributed more than $1.67 million in financial support for oral health initiatives, educational programs, community outreach events and charitable causes in the communities they serve.
To learn more about Delta Dental of South Carolina, visit www.DeltaDentalSC.com. Helpful oral health news and information is also available on the company’s website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter @DeltaDentalSC.