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Brighter Futures Community Grant

Brighter Futures Community Grants Program

Brighter Futures


2018 Brighter Futures Community Grants Program


Program Description:

Each year, the Delta Dental Foundation provides financial support through its Brighter Futures Community Grants program to various community organizations and programs which promote/provide oral health care for children and/or adults.

This year, the DDF will be providing $150,000 to support programs that focus on adult and/or children’s oral health.


In considering Brighter Futures Community Grants program requests, the DDF evaluates each application on its own merit. Careful consideration is given to each request, and requests are reviewed in terms of general eligibility and conformity with grant guidelines, funds available and the amount needed to achieve the desired results and program priorities.

Also taken into consideration are: programs/activities in which the requesting organization is engaged; the number and type of constituencies served; services offered; accountability and fundraising practices; availability of other funding sources; and past successes.

  • Brighter Futures Community Grants program is limited to a maximum of $5,000 per grant.
  • Grants must be dedicated to local not-for-profit programs designed to promote oral health in Michigan, Indiana and/or Ohio.
  • Of particular interest are programs designed to promote/improve the oral health of underserved or at-risk populations and to those which have an oral health education component.
  • Only one proposal per organization per year will be considered.

Application deadline: January 31, 2018
Recipient award announcement: March 2018
*Please note the change in grant cycle.

Brighter Futures Community Grants Program Application



Reporting Form

When the Delta Dental Foundation awards a grant, we enter into a partnership with you that we hope will help us to learn more about effective ways to improve oral health. This report is the primary tool we use in measuring the achievements of the programs/projects we support and the impact that our philanthropic dollars have in the communities we serve.

Each prior grant recipient must complete and submit a grant reporting form by the grant submission deadline of January 31, 2018, in order to be considered for the 2018 Brighter Futures Community Grants program. 

Brighter Futures Community Grants Program Reporting Form

Please submit completed form to

2016 Brighter Futures Community Grants Program Recipients:

  • Beacon Journal Charity Fund, Inc.
  • CHECK Foster Care Clinic, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • Children's Museum of Findlay
  • Children's Oral Health Network
  • Cincinnati Dental Society's Oral Health Foundation
  • Cleveland Public Library
  • Columbus Public Health
  • Compassionate Care of Shelby County, Inc.
  • Faith Mission, Inc.
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation
  • Grace Clinics of Ohio, Inc.
  • Greater Cleveland Dental Society Foundation
  • Greene County Combined Health District
  • Healthcare 2000 Community Clinic (dba Viola Startzman Free Clinic)
  • Huron County Community Library - Wakeman
  • KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic
  • Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland CAC Head Start
  • Logan County Health District
  • Mercy Health Foundation DBA Community Mercy Foundation
  • Mercy Health Youngstown LLC
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Ohio Association of Community Health Centers
  • Physicians CareConnection
  • Ross County Community Action Commission, Inc. Head Start
  • Sidney-Shelby County Health Department
  • Special Olympics Ohio
  • St. Luke's Hospital Foundation
  • St. Vincent Charity Medical Center
  • The Ohio State University College of Dentistry
  • The Ohio State University Foundation
  • The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • University of Cincinnati Foundation
  • Warren County Combined Health District
  • Zanesville City Schools Dental Health Program

Questions? Contact DDF at 517-347-5333 or