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Delta Dental Foundation Calls for Applicants for Annual Community Mini-Grant Program
Date:8/1/2008

OKEMOS, Mich., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Community-based oral health programs in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana are encouraged to apply for grants up to $5,000 from the Delta Dental Foundation's third annual Community Mini-Grant Program. The announcement was made today by Nancy E. Hostetler, senior vice president of the Delta Dental Foundation.

Hostetler said a total of $70,000 will be awarded in competitive grants this winter to applicants whose programs emphasize oral health initiatives. Special consideration will be given to those applicants whose programs focus on improving the oral health of low-income children.

"We continue to see a vital need for dental treatment for underserved individuals, especially children, in the communities we serve and these grants are aimed specifically at tackling issues related to that problem," said Hostetler.

"Beyond treatment, we believe that education for children and caregivers is a critical component to making lifelong changes in improving a child's oral health."

Guidelines for Grant Seekers

General information:

-- Community mini-grants are limited to a maximum of $5,000 per grant with

a total of $70,000 available in 2008.

-- Only one proposal per organization per year will be considered.

-- Grant recipients may re-apply in future years, as long as a report

detailing use/impact of the grant monies is provided with the

application.

-- Grants must be dedicated to local not-for-profit programs designed to

promote oral health in communities in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

Eligibility:

-- Only not-for-profit programs in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana may apply

for a mini-grant.

-- Grants will not be awarded to individuals, political organizations,

projects developed for commercial and proprietary purposes, or to

organizations that discriminate by race, religion, color, creed,

gender, age, or national origin.

-- Grants will not be awarded for capital campaigns,

overhead/administrative expenses, endowments, advertising, or

fundraising activities.

Application process:

-- Contribution request applications are available at

http://www.deltadentalmi.com/ddf/index.htm or by calling the Delta Dental

Foundation at 517-347-5333.

-- Applications must be received by the Delta Dental Foundation no later

than September 30, 2008.

-- Grant recipients will be notified in December 2008.

Delta Dental Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, seeks to support education and research for the advancement of dental science and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs.


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