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Foundation Funding

Funding Portfolio 

The Foundation will invest in activities that strengthen and transform the health and smiles of all Iowans. The majority of our funding will be concentrated in the Oral Health Fund, which will continue to support pioneering approaches to advance oral health care and the integration of oral health with overall health.

The Foundation’s Wellness Community Fund promotes and invests in innovative opportunities to improve wellness and vision through grassroots community health initiatives. Both funds provide support to programs that align with the Foundation’s strategic areas of focus: education and advocacy, access and prevention, and policy and research. 

For more information on our grant programs, view our grant guidelines*

Learn about recently funded Ignite and Innovation grant projects: 

2021 Ignite Planning Grants ($5,001-$25,000 oral health requests) and Innovation Grants (up to $25,000 wellness requests) deadlines are: 

  • Spring Cycle - May 3 
  • Fall Cycle- September 1

System and Capacity Building Grants

Grants over $25,000 (large grants and major system change initiatives/innovation in oral health grants). Letters of interest for this grant program are due February 1 and June 1. Following review by a grant committee, proposals will be invited for full application. All proposals over $50,000 or more should contact the Foundation staff. Any grant approved to move forward will be presented to the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Board of Directors.

  • Focused on impact and system building
  • Oral health innovation
  • Integration of oral and overall health integration

Click here to apply. 

Smile Grants

$5,000 or less, these grants are designed to support one time, short-term oral health projects that are primarily educational in nature such as providing educational kits and oral health supplies. Applications are open in January and accepted on an ongoing basis, but will be closed once all funds are allocated.

Click here to apply. 

Toothbrush Donations

This program is designed for oral health projects requesting toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss needed to support oral health programs. 

Applications will be accepted from nonprofit organizations on a rolling basis throughout the year and must include an oral health education component.

Click here to apply.

Rethink Your Drink

The Rethink Your Drink program aims to get more kids drinking water throughout the day to support their oral and overall health. Selected schools receive a new water fountain/bottle filling station for their school. 

Priority will be given to schools that have one or fewer water bottle filling stations in their school building and that have a free and reduced price lunch status of 50% or greater. 2021 applications were accepted through February 5, 2021. Check back in early 2022 for additional opportunities. 

Click here to learn more.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Nonprofit Support

Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation is committed to strengthening and transforming the health and smiles of all Iowans. During these unprecedented times, we understand communities across Iowa are dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and that our state's nonprofit organizations are among those adversely impacted.

Learn more about how the Foundation has supported nonprofits and communities across our state in response to COVID-19. 

Not sure if/how you fit with our funding priorities or do you still have questions? The Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation team is eager to learn more about your work and explore how we might partner to strengthen and transform the health and smiles of all Iowans. Contact our Foundation Team to schedule a time talk.