Announcing our new grant process

The Delta Dental of Virginia Smart Smiles® In the Community program awards grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that are working to advance positive oral health in Virginia communities.

We are excited to kick off our 2020 Delta Dental of Virginia grant cycle! We’ve undergone a strategy refresh and enhanced our focus on making a greater impact on the most critical oral health needs in our communities.

The Foundation’s new investment strategy, illustrated below, is focused on programs and grant making that support prevention, strong safety net systems, and capable safety net leaders.


Advancing equity, innovation, and integration in each of the above realms, this strategy has been designed to:

  • Achieve measurable impacts on the health and well-being of Virginians.
  • Strengthen the commonwealth’s health care safety net during and following the current period of atypical strain and heightened health care needs of individuals, especially in low-wealth communities.
  • Endure beyond the life of an individual grant period or program, continuing to affect lives exponentially.

It's time to think big!

In support of this strategy to make big impacts, award amounts will range from $75,000 - $100,000.

Follow the steps below to begin the application process for a 2021 Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation grant:

  1. View instructions on eligibility and complete the eligibility form.
  2. Follow the instructions in the eligibility form to submit a Letter of Intent by September 15.
  3. Organizations that are selected to apply will be notified by October 1.
  4. Applications are due October 20.
  5. A decision will be made by December 9, and recipients will be notified soon thereafter.
  6. As applications are reviewed, site visits or Zoom meetings may be required to gather additional information.

We look forward to reviewing proposals from organizations across the Commonwealth and learning more about how we can support the important work being done to create healthy smiles!


Grant guidelines

The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation awards grants to 501(c)(3) organizations toward the advancement of oral health in Virginia. Review our grant guidelines before applying.

View guidelines

2020 grant recipients

The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation awards grants annually. Click to see the list of organizations that received a grant in 2020.

In school

Through Smart Smiles® In School, the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation provides oral health education to students K-5 through a fun, interactive curriculum. The kits are available on loan, free of charge, to all Virginia elementary schools. 

At the dentist

Through Smart Smiles® At the Dentist, the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation provides much-needed oral health care and education to children who lack dental insurance or who qualify for Medicaid or FAMIS.


Everyone deserves a healthy smile

A healthy smile is a powerful thing. That's why the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation is committed to improving the oral health of all Virginians.

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If you have questions about the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation, including questions about our grant program, check out our frequently asked questions or email us at foundation@deltadentalva.com.