With the right dental benefits carrier, creating healthy smiles can be easy. But what if your carrier could also help create healthier communities?

“Giving back” is a simple phrase, but sometimes finding the resources to get a project started is not so simple. That’s why we make it a priority to sponsor groups and organizations who work to advance oral health research, education and access to care for those in need. And now, you can learn about funding options and apply on the new Community Center section of our website.

What types of funding are available?
Three types of funding programs are available through the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation (DDCCF):

  • If your project involves supporting dental clinics or outreach programs for underserved communities, you might want to apply for the Access to Care Grant.
  • The Oral Health Education Fund might be the best option for your project if it involves education to raise oral health awareness in vulnerable populations.
  • If you’re working on a research project with big potential for improving oral health and reducing treatment costs, the Scientific Research Grant might be a good fit.

What if I want funding for a project that’s not directly related to dental health?
That’s fine! There’s a separate community fund for projects that support overall health and well-being like disaster relief or community service initiatives.

What’s an example of a recent project that was funded?
Recently, the UCLA School of Dentistry was awarded a $1.5 million grant to launch a community-based education program. Not only will this project expand training for dental students, but it will also help widen access to dental care for California’s underserved patients. Check out the full story.

Be sure to visit the Community Center to see if your project qualifies for funding! And if you have any questions, please send us an email.