Grant Funding Programs
To meet its mission and vision, the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation board has developed two visionary long-term goals that focus on improving the oral health of Iowa’s children and seniors by 2020.
Grant funding for all projects will focus on four critical contributor areas. For more information on the Foundation's strategic goals and the core oral health contributors, click here.
This program is designed for oral health projects requesting toothbrushes, toothpaste and/or floss needed to support oral health programs.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Teaching children the importance of proper oral hygiene is needed to develop a lifetime of healthy smiles. Smart Smiles® in School is an oral health teaching kit designed to be an engaging and interactive curriculum for students from Kindergarten through 5th grade.
The kit includes:
- Land of Smiles DVD
- Classroom activities and lesson plans
- Take-home education materials and activity sheets
- A science experiment to demonstrate how cavities are formed
Smart Smile kits are available for health professionals and intended for outreach education on an ongoing basis in schools, child care centers and other child-focused community-based organizations. Please note: One (1) Smart Smiles® in School kit may be requested per organization.
This program is designed for oral health projects requesting $3,500 or less for requests materials to support oral health programs. These can include education supplies, incentives and oral health supplies.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Requests will be first come, first served and only one request per agency per service area (i.e. county) per year will be considered. The Foundation strongly encourages collaboration within agency programs when submitting Small Mini Grant applications.
Large Mini Grants are intended to:
- Support one-time only projects such as workshops or conferences related to oral health
- Support short-term oral health projects of up to one-year duration such as a survey, data collection or research study
- Stimulate potential for a longer-term, follow-up project or replication
- Combine with funding from other sources
Applications for Large Mini Grants are due on May 1 and October 1.
Small Contributor Grants are intended to:
- Focus on one or more of the Foundation’s contributor areas
- Support oral health projects that can be replicated in various areas of the state.
- Support oral health projects that can reduce barriers to care or provide insight into access to care issues.
- Focus on an enhancement to existing projects to provide a larger impact.
- Focus on stakeholder engagement and learning communities.
- Combine with other sources.
To encourage creative, proactive approaches that can contribute to long-term strategies as they develop, applications for Small Contributor Grants will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Large Grant contributions focus on the following initiatives:
- Educational projects to enhance the awareness of good oral health with a focus on children, the elderly, the indigent, and at risk populations.
- Preventive outreach activities that are aimed to decrease the incidence, prevalence, and severity of dental disease.
- Research efforts to improve dental health, specifically those that address a prevalent dental disease or issue of significant impact to Iowans.
- Dental care accessibility and affordability projects that provide assistance to underserved areas and populations of Iowa.
- Preventive programs that are population based or target the identified populations the Foundation’s vision seeks to address
- Other programs that align with the Foundation’s mission and vision to advance the public interest objectives and initiatives of the Foundation or that coincide with the stated goals of Healthy Iowans 2020.
- Focus on stakeholder engagement and learning communities.
2015 Large Contributor Grant Cycle Timeline
- January 16 – Letter of Interest due
- February 13 - Foundation subcommittee reviews and provides feedback to grantee
- March 6 – Large Grant Application Due
- April 17 - In-person presentation to Foundation Board
- August 7 - Letter of Interest due
- September 11 - Foundation subcommittee reviews and provides feedback to grantee
- October 3 - Large Grant Application Due
- November 20 - In-person presentation to Foundation Board
The Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health, has established a Community Fluoridation Award to support continuation or assist in fluoridation of public water supplies in Iowa communities. Awards up to $25,000 may be given annually to Iowa communities demonstrating the greatest need for fluoridation. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served ongoing basis.
- Applicant communities must complete the application, indicating population served, amount of fluoride deficiency, and commitment to five-year sustainability of fluoridation program.
- Community must demonstrate in the application process a good faith effort to use the award for community water fluoridation and any other requirements from the Iowa DNR regarding your construction permit.
- Priority will be given to communities with the highest level of deficiency and serving the highest number of children.
- Community award winners will be notified by Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation and an outcomes report will be required after one year of the grant period.
- Community award winners will commit to submit at least one split sample per month to any State of Iowa (DNR) Certified Lab for the analysis of fluoride in drinking water during the five-year period of the grant. If a water system operated by a grantee serves fewer than 500 persons, the frequency of sample submission shall be at least once per calendar quarter. The results of this analysis shall be reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health monthly.
- A public water supply construction permit must be obtained from the Iowa DNR prior to the construction or modification of any source, treatment, storage, or distribution system of a public water supply system. To obtain a construction permit, the following must be submitted to the Iowa DNR Water Supply Engineering Section: the project's plans and specifications, the applicable construction permit application schedules, and the appropriate permit fee. The public water supply construction permit must be obtained prior to application; however the cost of the permit can be included in the proposed budget. The necessary forms are available at http://www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/RegulatoryWater/WaterSupplyEngineering/ConstructionPermits.aspx.
Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation invites graduate students at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry to submit proposals for the Graduate Student Thesis Award Program. This program is intended to encourage thesis research that is of direct relevance to the costs, utilization or outcomes of dental care.
The Graduate Student Thesis Award offers up to $15,000 to cover the associated costs with conducting master’s or doctorate thesis research. Applications may be submitted at any time.
To view previous grant recipients, click here.
For more information about the Delta Dental of Iowa Public Benefit Program, contact:
- Suzanne Heckenlaible, Executive Director (515) 261-5500
- Beth Jones, Public Benefit Manager (515) 261-5591
- Maren Lenhart, Public Benefit Planning Analyst (515) 261-5590
- Lana Lichtenstein, Executive Assistant, Boards (515) 261-5576