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ST. LOUIS, MO (November 27, 2017) - To help meet the dental health needs of adults and children throughout the state, Delta Dental of Missouri announced today the launch of its new online grant application system and is welcoming applications. As the state’s dental benefits leader and a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization, Delta Dental of Missouri provides grants to organizations that focus on reducing dental disease through education, prevention and treatment with an emphasis on assisting underserved children and adults.

“We’re excited to launch this new grant application system to expedite requests from organizations that align with our mission to improve oral health in the communities we are proud to serve,” said Rob Goren, president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Missouri. “By partnering with organizations we can have a great impact on dental health through education and access to care, helping people live better lives through improved oral health.”

Delta Dental of Missouri awards general operating grants, program/project grants, capacity-building grants and equipment grants for programs that promote the oral health of individuals in Missouri.

To be eligible for oral health grants from Delta Dental of Missouri, applicants must first complete a letter of intent through the online application system at, which includes complete program guidelines and application instructions. Organizations meeting the initial criteria will be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration. 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 Missouri.

Grant applications are accepted at any time during the year, however quarterly deadlines impact which applications will be considered for grants to be awarded during each quarter. Grant decisions are made in March, May, August and October. Grants requests must be a minimum of $5,000 and may be for a single year or multiple years. Organizations with existing active grants from Delta Dental of Missouri are not eligible to receive additional grant funding within the same calendar year.

In 2017, Delta Dental of Missouri awarded oral health program grants to a variety of Missouri organizations, which included:

  • A $132,617 grant to the Gateway to Oral Health Foundation’s school-based mobile dental program, which provides comprehensive care to children throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.
  • A $10,000 grant to the Miles of Smiles Free Safety Net Portable Dental Care Program, which gives preventive and restorative care to children in Clay and Platte counties in the Kansas City area.
  • A $54,820 grant to Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Centers to help launch a health clinic at Jennings Elementary School, which also provides dental care to children and adults throughout the City of Jennings.

In 2016, Delta Dental of Missouri contributed more than $1.67 million in financial support for oral health initiatives, educational programs, community outreach events and charitable causes.


About Delta Dental of Missouri

Delta Dental of Missouri is the state’s leading dental benefits provider and a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, serving more than 1.8 million members and committed to its social mission to improve oral health. To learn more, visit