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Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Awards $500,000 to 24 Iowa Nonprofits for Continued Pandemic Support

Posted on December 17, 2020 in Foundation

The Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation has awarded 24 nonprofit organizations across Iowa a total of $500,000 through its Health Equity and Nonprofit Strengthening and Resilience grant programs. Oral health and overall health organizations receiving the awards are focused on serving populations disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The funds are part of the Foundation’s continued response to the ongoing needs of the nonprofit community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Across the state, nonprofits are stepping up to provide increased health care access and wellness education, covering gaps further widened by the economic constraints of the pandemic, especially for vulnerable populations,” said Jeff Russell, president, Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. “The Health Equity grants support the short-term, immediate needs most impacted by the pandemic. The Nonprofit Strengthening and Resilience grants provide stabilizing funding so these important nonprofits can strategically plan for their future. Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation is proud to support these organizations providing critical services to Iowans in need.”

Health Equity Grants are awarded up to $25,000 to support the work of organizations seeking to address oral and/or overall health and wellness related issues of priority populations exacerbated by the pandemic. Organizations awarded Health Equity grants by the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation include:

  • Catherine McAuley Center (Cedar Rapids) received $25,000 to support Improving Refugee and Immigrant Wellness through Healthcare Education.
  • Center Associates (Marshalltown) received $17,500 to support School Based Mental Health.
  • Christian Community Development DBA House of Hope (Waterloo) received $15,000 to support Family Health and Wellness.
  • EMBARC (Des Moines) received $25,000 to support Individualized Support and Social Determinants of Health for Refugees.
  • Family Services, Inc. (Sioux City) received $25,000 to support Self-Help Mental Health Wellness.   
  • Grace Fitness (Des Moines) received $25,000 to support The Healthy Transitions Coaching Program.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness, Iowa (Des Moines) received $25,000 to support NAMI Provider: Each One Teach One.
  • Oral Health Project (Iowa City) received $25,000 to support Immigrant Oral Health Programs.
  • Please Pass the Love, Inc. (Des Moines) received $25,000 to support statewide School Mental Health Support Groups.
  • Proteus (Des Moines) received $25,000 to support Healthcare Delivery in Meat Processing Facilities Pilot Project.
  • Quad Cities Broadcasting Group (Davenport) received $16,950 to support Access to Opportunity – Oral and Overall Public Health Awareness Campaign.
  • SuccessLink (Waterloo) received $25,000 to support Success Street School Based Health Services.
  • The Bridge (Storm Lake) received $17,500 to support TreeHouse Program Implementation.
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (Des Moines) received $25,000 to support Refugee Wellness Program – Health Navigators.

Nonprofit Strengthening & Resilience Grants are awarded up to $25,000 to assist oral and/or overall health and wellness related organizations with long-term strategic operational planning needs. These grants awarded by the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation include:

  • Bethany Christian Services (Des Moines) received $25,000 to support Bethany and Iowa Black Doula Collaboration Project.
  • Community Health Partners of Sioux County (Orange City) received $20,000 to support Building Capacity for Sioux County project.
  • Dental Connections (Des Moines) received $13,725 to support Strategic and Emergency Response Plan.
  • Iowa Primary Care Association (Des Moines) received $25,000 to support statewide efforts of Preparing for Our Future: Scenario Planning for a Network of Health Centers.
  • Matthew 25 (Cedar Rapids) received $6,550 to support Enhancement of Strategic Human Resource initiatives.
  • North Liberty Community Pantry (North Liberty) received $17,525 to support Community Survey and Strategic Plan Development.
  • River Bend Foodbank (Davenport) received $21,050 to support Human Resource Enhancement Project.
  • TMBC at the Lincoln Center (Davenport) received $5,600 to support Strategic Planning for Organization and Walk In Wednesdays.
  • United Way of East Central Iowa (Cedar Rapids) received $23,600 to support Community Needs Assessment.
  • YMCA of Greater Des Moines (Des Moines) received $25,000 to support Sustainability Planning.

Learn more about Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation’s grant programs at