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Healthy Learning Starts with a Healthy Smile

“Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease today, and children miss 51 million hours of school every year due to dental issues. The Delta Dental Foundation will help nonprofit organizations expand their reach and provide children with better access to the dental care they need to show up to school healthy and ready to learn.”  - Curt Ladig, CEO of Delta Dental of North Carolina

Smiles for Kids Grants Program

Through the Smiles for Kids program, the Delta Dental Foundation has been providing grants to not-for-profit organizations throughout North Carolina to help fund dental education initiatives and programs designed to promote children’s oral health, especially to those in underserved areas.

The Smiles for Kids program has awarded over $400,000 to programs across the state, ensuring that nearly 300,000 children and their families received access to oral health care or education. 

2020 Smiles for Kids Grant Recipients

  • Advance Community Health
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Wake County
  • Cabrarrus Health Alliance
  • Children's Museum of Wilmington
  • Cumberland County Dept. of Public Health
  • Duplin County Health Dept.
  • Goshen Medical Center
  • IFB Solutions
  • Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse
  • Mecklenburg County Public Health
  • National Children's Oral Health Foundation
  • Orange County Health Dept.
  • Pitt County Health Dept.
  • Poe Center for Health Education
  • Randolph County Health Dept.
  • Reach Out and Read Carolinas
  • Robeson Health Care Corporation
  • Rowan County Health Dept.
  • Scotland County Health Dept.
  • Shelter Health Services
  • Smart Start of New Hanover County
  • SOAR Outreach
  • Transylvania County Public Health
  • UNC Dental School Foundation 
  • Wake County Human Services
  • Wilkes County Public Health
  • YMCA of the Triangle Area, Inc.


In considering grants, the Delta Dental Foundation evaluates each application on its own merits. It considers the programs in which the organization is engaged, the constituencies it serves, the services it offers, its accountability and its fundraising practices, and the level of local community support it attracts.

Although exceptions may be made, in general, grants are not provided for building construction or to cover an organization’s normal overhead expenses. Primary consideration is given to supporting meritorious programs or activities for which other sources of funding are unavailable. Grant recipients may reapply in future years, as long as a report detailing use/impact of the grant monies is provided with the application.

  • Smiles for Kids 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 North Carolina.
  • 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.

Smiles for Kids Grant Guidelines

Smiles for Kids Grant Application

Smiles for Kids Grant Reporting Form

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For more information about the Delta Dental Foundation's Grants