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Brighter Futures Community Grants

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Brighter Futures Community Grants Program

The 2016 grant submission deadline has passed.
Brighter Futures Community Grants Program

Program Description:

Each year, the Delta Dental Foundation provides financial support through its Brighter Futures Community Grants program to various community organizations and programs which promote/provide oral health care for children and/or adults.

This year, the DDF will be providing $150,000 to support programs that focus on adult and/or children’s oral health.


In considering Brighter Futures Community Grants program requests, the DDF evaluates each application on its own merit. Careful consideration is given to each request, and requests are reviewed in terms of general eligibility and conformity with grant guidelines, funds available and the amount needed to achieve the desired results and program priorities.

Also taken into consideration are: programs/activities in which the requesting organization is engaged; the number and type of constituencies served; services offered; accountability and fundraising practices; availability of other funding sources; and past successes.

  • Brighter Futures Community 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 Michigan, Indiana and/or Ohio.
  • 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.

Application deadline: September 30, 2016
Recipient award announcement: December 2016

Brighter Futures Community Grants Program Application


Reporting Form:

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 30, 2016, in order to be considered for the 2016 Brighter Futures Community Grants program. 

Brighter Futures Community Grants Program Reporting Form

Please submit completed form to


2015 Brighter Futures Community Grants Program Recipients:

  • Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
  • Baldwin Family Health Care
  • Bay Health Plan
  • Benzie County Council on Aging
  • Central Michigan District Health Department
  • Chaldean American Ladies Charity
  • Chippewa County Health Department
  • Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Services District - Great Start Collaborative
  • Community Dental Center
  • Community HealthCare Connections
  • County of Oakland
  • Covenant Community Care
  • Detroit East Health Services
  • Detroit Public Schools Foundation
  • Development Centers
  • District Health Department No.2
  • Expectant Parents Organization
  • Fountain Clinic
  • Hackley Community Care Teen Health Center
  • Health Intervention Services
  • Holland Free Health Clinic
  • Hope Medical Clinic, Inc.
  • Health Unit on Davison Avenue (HUDA)
  • Hygienist Recommended Inc.
  • Ingham County Community Health Centers
  • Livingston Educational Services Agency
  • Mel Trotter Ministries
  • Midland Center for Accessible Health Care/ DBA Helping Hands Dental Center
  • Muskegon Community Health Project
  • North Adams-Jerome Public School
  • Northern Michigan University Dental Day
  • Oakland Primary Health Services
  • Regents of the University of Michigan
  • Rivers of Life, International
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Special Olympics Michigan, Inc.
  • Sweet Dreamzzz Inc.
  • Telamon Corporation
  • The Help A Willig Kid Foundation (HAWK)
  • The Traveling Tooth Station
  • Traverse Health Clinic
  • Trinity Community Care
  • VINA Community Dental Center
  • Voices of Detroit Initiative (VODI)
  • Washtenaw County Public Health
  • Wayne County Healthy Community
  • Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency
  • Western Upper Peninsula Health Department
  • YMCA Of Metropolitan Detroit - S. Oakland Family YMCA Branch

Questions? Contact DDF at 517-347-5333 or