Funding Opportunities

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is the charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois. In the past 10+ years, combined efforts of both organizations have provided more than $20 million to programs and organizations in Illinois that improve the health and well-being of people in Illinois, with a specific focus on children.

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation primarily focuses its grantmaking on programs and/or organizations targeting children that address our key priorities below:

  • Oral Health Education and Awareness
  • Access to Oral Health Care ā€“ specifically programs that also educate and inform
  • Dental Workforce Development

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation provides funding for:

  • Program/project costs;
  • Equipment and supplies related to the program/project;
  • Salaries related to the program/project.

Organizations receiving funding must: 

  • Have physical presence in the state of Illinois and must benefit Illinois children;
  • Be a public charity classified as exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; or
  • Be a public or governmental entity such as a public school or health department

Drinking water during the school day is a healthy alternative to sugary beverages like soda, juice, and sports drinks. Not only does drinking water keep our teeth strong and healthy, it also combats obesity and increases energy levels.

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Illinois Childrenā€™s Healthcare Foundation will provide grants to replace existing drinking fountains with new water fountain/bottle filling stations at a number of selected schools in Illinois. This includes installation, as well as reusable water bottles and toothbrushes for all students and staff.


Preference given to schools without a water fountain/bottle filling station already installed, but all schools are encouraged to apply. 

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation