Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation Awards Grants to 30 Virginia Organizations Committed to Improving Oral Health in 2017

Annual Grant Program Increases Access to Oral Health Care and Education for Underserved Virginians

ROANOKE, Va.--()--The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation believes in the power of a healthy smile and has put its money where its mouth is, supporting 30 organizations committed to improving oral health in the Commonwealth.

“By providing funding to these organizations that are making a difference in their communities, we can help bring healthier, confident smiles to an increasing number of Virginians in need.”

Since its creation in 2012, the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation has provided $3,653,000 to 51 (unduplicated) Virginia non-profit organizations. In 2015 alone, these grant award recipients were able to provide dental care and education to more than 157,000 in our state who had previously been unable to afford or access care.

In December 2016, grants totaling $231,500 were awarded to 30, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organizations whose work will positively improve the oral health of Virginians through education and access to care for the under or uninsured in 2017. (Full list of grant recipients attached.)

The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation works to fulfill its mission of improving the oral health of Virginians through a community-based approach that provides grants to local organizations for research, educational outreach and programs that provide access to care.

“Over and over again we have seen the inspiring changes that can happen in a person’s life with proper oral care,” said Dr. George A. Levicki, president and CEO, Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation. “By providing funding to these organizations that are making a difference in their communities, we can help bring healthier, confident smiles to an increasing number of Virginians in need.”

The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has been a big beneficiary of the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation grants. Previously awarded a $1 million matching grant over the past three years to establish dental safety net organizations in Virginia communities where access to dental care is lacking, VHCF has received an additional $35,000 this year to continue growing this program, training providers and developing new initiatives.

Many of the 30 grants awarded focus on key areas of need throughout Virginia – the state’s youth, the uninsured and medically underserved population and dental professionals in training. Community organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia and the Virginia Peninsula, who combined served more than 370 children in 2015 with Foundation grants, will continue providing much- needed dental appointments and education for children in need.

Low-income, uninsured Virginians will receive expanded access to dental care through grant recipients such as CrossOver Healthcare Ministry and Free Clinic of Central Virginia. Additionally, four universities and non-profit organizations received grants totaling $32,500 for oral health education and expansion of care through scholarships and workstations for aspiring health professionals.

Organizations eligible to receive grants from the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation include governmental agencies or educational institutions, entities holding a 501(c)(3) tax-exemption, or organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt fiscal sponsor. The Foundation was created with an initial $2.5 million donation from Delta Dental of Virginia in 2012. Information regarding grant eligibility and application can be found online at http://deltadentalva.com/ddvafoundation.aspx.

2017 DDVAF Oral Health Grant Recipients

             
Grant Recipient     How The Grant Will Be Used     Amount

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia
http://bgcswva.org/

    Smart Smiles® At the Dentist Program     $5,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of The Virginia Peninsula
http://www.bagclub.com/

    Smart Smiles® At the Dentist Program     $5,000

Bradley Free Clinic
http://bradleyfreeclinic.com/

    Support of VCU dental students     $15,000

Chesapeake Care Clinic
http://www.chesapeakecare.org/

    Safety net program for underinsured     $5,000

CHIP of Roanoke Valley
http://www.chiprv.org/

    Fluoride varnish application/in-home dental education     $5,000

Community Health Center of the New River Valley
http://chcnrv.org/

    Dental equipment     $10,000

Community Youth Program
http://stjohnsroanoke.org/cyp/cyp.php

    Oral hygiene education, dental appointments and transportation     $4,000

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry
http://www.crossoverministry.org/index.php/about-us/programs/

    Dental services and supplies     $5,000

Danville Community College
http://www.dcc.vccs.edu/

    Dental hygiene student workstations     $5,000

Free Clinic of Central Virginia
http://www.freeclinicva.org/

    Expansion of access to dental services for low income, uninsured or underinsured     $15,000

Free Clinic of Franklin County
http://www.bernardhealthcare.com/

    Emergency extractions     $2,500

Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic
http://www.gmcareclinic.com/

    Dental assistant to expand hours and see more patients     $5,000

Health Focus of Southwest Virginia
http://healthfocusswva.org/scholarships/

    Dental education scholarships     $5,000

Isle of Wight Christian Outreach Program
http://www.iowcop.org/

    Expand dental program     $5,000

Lackey Free Clinic
http://lackeyclinic.org/

    Dental supplies     $5,000

Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic
http://lloydfmossfreeclinic.org/

    Dental supplies     $5,000

Lucy Corr Foundation
http://www.lucycorrvillage.com/foundation/

    Expand dental care to elderly     $10,000

Mel Leaman Free Clinic
http://melleamanfreeclinic.org/

    Dental supplies     $5,000

Northern Neck Free Health Clinic
http://nnmfhc.org/

    Support of VCU dental students     $7,500

Northern Virginia Dental Clinic, Inc.
http://www.nvds.org/northern-virginia-dental-clinic

    Dental supplies     $7,500

Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center
http://www.oldetownemedicalcenter.org/

    Dental equipment     $5,000

Park Place Dental Clinic
http://www.parkplaceclinic.org/

    Dental supplies     $5,000

Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic
http://www.vaprdc.org/

    Support for “Smile Time”, a school-based dental check-up program     $5,000

Piedmont Virginia Dental Health Foundation
http://www.piedmontdental.org/

   

Support for dental clinic providing services to low income adults and children

    $7,500

RAM of Virginia
https://ramusa.org/virginia/

    Support for “Smiles Across Virginia” program     $5,000

Rescue Mission of Roanoke
http://rescuemission.net/

   

Support for dental clinic providing services to low income adults

   

$10,000

Virginia Dental Association Foundation
http://www.vdaf.org/

    Mobile dental equipment replacement     $15,000

Virginia Health Care Foundation
http://www.vhcf.org/

    Dental Opportunities Champion     $35,000

Virginia Oral Health Coalition
http://www.vaoralhealth.org/HOME.aspx

    Online toolkits for medical and dental providers on the importance of oral health care during pregnancy     $7,500

Western Tidewater Free Clinic
https://www.wtfreeclinic.org/

    Dental supplies     $5,000
       

Contacts

Delta Dental of Virginia
Chris Pyle, 540-989-8000 X 3601

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Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation awards grants to 30 Virginia nonprofits. Grants focus on key need areas and benefit the state's youth, uninsured and dental professionals in training.

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