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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 helps nonprofit organizations expand their reach and provide children with access to the dental care they need to show up to school healthy and ready to learn.”  - Curt Ladig, President and CEO of Delta Dental of North Carolina

Smiles for Kids Grants Program

Through the Smiles for Kids program, the Delta Dental Foundation provides grants to nonprofit 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.

Since 2010, the Smiles for Kids program has awarded more than $608,000 to programs across the state, ensuring that more than 330,000 children and their families received access to oral health care or education.


In considering grants, the Delta Dental Foundation evaluates each application on its own merits. 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.

The Delta Dental Foundation 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.

  • The Smiles for Kids grants program is limited to a maximum of $5,000 per grant.
  • Grants must be dedicated to local nonprofit programs designed to promote oral health in North Carolina.
  • Only one proposal per organization per year will be considered.

2022 Smiles for Kids Grant Recipients

  • Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education
  • America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation
  • Cabarrus Health Alliance
  • Children’s Museum of Wilmington
  • Cumberland County Department of Public Health
  • Dental Foundation of North Carolina
  • Discovery Place Kids Huntersville
  • Goshen Medical Center
  • Guilford County Health Department
  • High County Community Health
  • NC Community Action Association
  • North Carolina Dental Society Foundation
  • Orange County Health Department
  • Rockingham County Health Department
  • Rowan County Department of Public Health
  • Smart Start of New Hanover County
  • The C.W. Williams Community Health Center
  • Transylvania Public Health
  • Upper Coastal Plain Learning Council
  • Wake County Human Services

Smiles for Kids Grant Guidelines

2023 Smiles for Kids Grant Application

Smiles for Kids Grant Reporting Form

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