Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation: Grants for Colorado

OVERVIEW: The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation supports oral health throughout the state of Colorado.

FUNDING AREAS: Oral health

IP TAKE: Equity is at the heart of this oral health funder’s mission, so make sure to craft proposals around disadvantaged Colorado populations that relate to systemic health.

PROFILE: The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCF) is a health-focused funder based in Denver, Colorado. DDCF is the grantmaking arm of a dental insurance benefits provider. It provides community-based grants, works with other organizations in the state, and support policy change. Each year, the foundation contributes millions of dollars in funding for these causes. DDCF aims to “to elevate the well-being of all Coloradans by advancing oral health equity.”

The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation advances oral health programs that provide access to care, support tooth decay-related activities, and emphasize the connection between oral health and overall health. It pursues grantmaking through both open grantmaking and invited grants. Access to care grants target overlooked populations, prevention grants target children under 10 and pregnant women, and connections to overall health grants target adults over age 60. Oral-health related interests include education and awareness programs, clinical interventions, dental equipment community-based interventions, and data-driven methods.

Grants range between about $10,000 and $100,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the entire state of Colorado. Past local grantees include Aurora Health Alliance, Center for Immigrants and Immigration Services, and Kids First Health Care.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The application system is online, and in the past, the annual application deadline has been in July. Direct general questions to the staff at grants@ddpco.com or 303-741-9300.

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