Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation Announces its 2023 Grant Cycle; Now Funding Nutritional Access Programs and Adult Dental Programs
By Justin Liggin -
Thursday Sep 01, 2022
Nonprofit organizations working to increase access to oral health services and nutritional programs for underserved populations are encouraged to apply for grant funding from Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation. Guidelines for applicants have expanded for the 2023 grant cycle to include non-dental programs, specifically nutritional access programs such as food banks, after-school and weekend food programs for children, and senior delivery programs. In addition, for the first time, dental programs for underserved adults will now be considered for funding along with dental programs for underserved children and seniors.
â€œThere are those in our community that struggle daily with getting food for themselves and their families,â€ said Michael Jones, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Arizona. â€œWe know those individuals and their families are just as likely to have unmet dental needs. Our Foundation board of directors decided to address this important need and provide funding to support programs that provide access to nutritional foods for Arizonaâ€™s most vulnerable populations.â€
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 are available. Applications are due on Thursday, October 13 by 5 p.m. Grant recipients will be announced in December 2022, with funding made available in early January 2023.
The Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation selected 29 non-profit organizations across the state as recipients of its 2022 grants cycle. These funds, totaling $752,423, were awarded to support projects and services promoting good oral health practices and increasing access to dental care among underserved children, pregnant women and seniors.
â€œWith our expanded grant guidelines and a more streamlined application process, we look forward to supporting many important nonprofit organizations throughout the state that are doing such important work to improve the overall health of those in our communities across Arizona,â€ said Barb Kozuh, Delta Dental of Arizona director of community benefit.
Delta Dental of Arizona is the leading dental benefits provider in Arizona, serving more than 1.2 million enrollees and more than 3,500 contracted dentists across the state. Passionate about oral health and its importance to generations of families, Delta Dental of Arizona has worked for nearly 50 years to improve oral health by emphasizing preventive care and making dental coverage accessible to a wide variety of employers, groups and individuals. Since 2010, Delta Dental of Arizona, through its Foundation, gave $15 million to support oral health education and disease prevention programs for underserved and uninsured communities across the state. For more information about Delta Dental of Arizona, visit http://www.deltadentalaz.com.