To help meet the dental health needs of children and adults, Delta Dental of South Carolina recently awarded $195,796 in oral health grant funding to three Columbia-area organizations in support of oral health initiatives and educational programming in South Carolina. This funding completes the second cycle of the non-profit company’s annual mission giving efforts, which provided a total of $344,296 to nine organizations in South Carolina. During cycle one earlier this year, Delta Dental of South Carolina awarded $175,000 in grants to five organizations for a combined total of $519,296 in oral health grants for 2022.
The oral health grants most recently awarded in Columbia include Prisma Health– Midlands, which received $ 95,796 to help the Department of Dentistry purchase equipment to better serve patients with special needs; Healthy Learners, which received $ 50,000 to expand free dental care in 15 school districts to children in families with low incomes; and United Way of the Midlands, which received $50,000 to help provide free comprehensive dental care to children and adults who are uninsured or underinsured and living in poverty, as well as dental hygiene workshops for youth and caregivers.
“Many South Carolinians face challenges in getting dental care,” said Rob Goren, president and chief executive officer at Delta Dental at South Carolina. “By donating to organizations that align with our mission to improve oral health, we’re able to help children and adults in need get vital dental treatment and services to enhance their overall health and quality of life.”
Delta Dental of South Carolina will begin accepting applications for the first grant cycle of its 2023 Oral Health Grant Program in January. To be eligible for an oral health grant from Delta Dental of South Carolina, applicants in South Carolina must first complete a letter of inquiry through the online application system at www.deltadentalsc.com/AboutUs/oral-health-grant-program, which includes program guidelines and application instructions. Applicants must be considered tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a public or governmental entity, such as a public school or health department, and serve the people of South Carolina.