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Smiles for Kids Program

DDF Grant General Contribution Request:



Serving Our Community

Delta Dental is committed to helping improve access to oral health for the citizens of North Carolina. As a result, the company annually provides support for projects to help people who need treatment but lack the means to obtain it.

In addition, Delta Dental sponsors other activities designed to promote dental education and increase awareness of the importance of oral health.

Examples of current projects are the following: 

  • The North Carolina Mission of Mercy events, which provides free dental care to hundreds of underserved persons during two-day events throughout the state.
  • Grants to community organizations such as Community Care of Rowan County and Duke Pediatric Dentistry.
  • An annual scholarship to benefit the University of North Carolina’s dental students, faculty, and programs. This scholarship was established as a means of assisting a deserving University of North Carolina dental student, as well as honoring Dr. Glenn Bitler, the founder of Delta Dental of North Carolina.
  • Donations of oral health information, a children’s coloring book on dental care, and toothbrushes for community events/outreach programs.

Additionally, the Delta Dental Smiles for Kids program launched statewide in late 2011 and has already provided nearly $100,000 in grants to programs that address the oral health needs of children in North Carolina. Smiles for Kids provides grants of up to $5,000 for local projects aimed at improving children's oral health.


2014 Smiles for Kids
Program Recipients

Guilford County Department of Public Health

Wake County through its Department of Human Services

Eblen Charities

Orange County Health Department Dental Clinic

Good Samaritan Clinic, Inc.—Teeth in Need

Rowan County Health Department

FirstHealth Dental Care Centers

Alamance County Children's Dental Health Center

Toe River Health District

Transylvania County Department of Public Health

Junior League of Charlotte/Give Kids a Smile Mecklenburg County

Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County

Dental Foundation of North Carolina, Inc.

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 September 15, 2014 in order to be considered for the 2014 Smiles for Kids Program Grant.

Smiles for Kids Program Grant Reporting Form

Please submit completed form to

Delta Dental also provides support for programs or projects that help develop and heighten dental awareness among the public and that offer continuing dental education. Click here for the DDF Grant General Contribution application.

Watch our website for more information about this and other important new programs to advance community health.





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