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Program description:

Each year, the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) provides financial support through its Brighter Futures Community Grants program to various community organizations and programs that promote or provide oral health care for children or adults.

This year, the DDF will be providing $150,000 to support programs that focus on adult and/or children’s oral health.


In considering Brighter Futures Community Grants program requests, the DDF evaluates each application on its own merit. Careful consideration is given to each request, and requests are reviewed in terms of general eligibility and conformity with grant guidelines, funds available and the amount needed to achieve the desired results and program priorities.

Also taken into consideration are: programs and activities in which the requesting organization is engaged; the number and type of constituencies served, services offered, accountability and fundraising practices, availability of other funding sources and past successes.

  • Brighter Futures Community Grants program is limited to a maximum of $5,000 per grant.
  • Grants must be dedicated to local not-for-profit programs designed to promote oral health in Michigan, Indiana and/or Ohio.
  • Of particular interest are programs designed to promote or improve the oral health of underserved or at-risk populations and to those that have an oral health education component.
  • Only one proposal per organization per year will be considered.

Application deadline: January 31, 2018

Recipient award announcement: March 2018

Please note the change in grant cycle.

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Reporting form:

When the Delta Dental Foundation awards a grant, we enter into a partnership with you that we hope will help us to learn more about effective ways to improve oral health. This report is the primary tool we use in measuring the achievements of the programs and projects we support and the impact that our philanthropic dollars have in the communities we serve.

Each prior grant recipient must complete and submit a grant reporting form by the grant submission deadline of January 31, 2018, in order to be considered for the 2018 Brighter Futures Community Grants program. 

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