West Michigan Dental Foundation Receives Grant

West Michigan Dental Foundation receives grant from Delta Dental Foundation to improve oral health in Kent County.

Grand Rapids, Mich., February 3, 2015 — West Michigan Dental Foundation recently received $5,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation through its Brighter Futures Community Grant Program. The funding will help pay for lab bills for Adult Dental Services Program clients.

The Adult Dental Services Program provides dental treatment to low income, uninsured, working adults in Kent County. A network of volunteer dentists provide the dental treatment and lab bills, up to $750, are paid for by grants, such as the Delta Dental Foundation Brighter Futures Community Grant.

Grant recipients were selected based on a number of criteria including the number of at-risk children or adults served by the program, the program’s uniqueness, the level of community involvement in the program and the ability to measure results.

“Through our Brighter Futures grant program, we provided a total of $250,000 in small community grants to organizations in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana that are dedicated to improving the oral and overall health of children and adults,” said Teri Battaglieri, director, Delta Dental Foundation. “We are very proud to recognize the work being done by West Michigan Dental Foundation by selecting it as one of our grant recipients.”

Established in 2012, Delta Dental’s Brighter Futures initiative is dedicated to improving the oral and overall health and wellbeing of children and adults across the state through education, advocacy and philanthropy.

About West Michigan Dental Foundation

West Michigan Dental Foundation (WMDF) is the philanthropic arm of the West Michigan District Dental Society. Besides securing funds for lab bills for the Adult Dental Services Program, the WMDF awards tuition grants to qualified dental, dental assisting and dental hygiene students. The West Michigan Dental Foundation Community Grant Program supports projects that impact oral health within its five county service area. Grants are generally limited to no more than fifty percent of the total cost of the program or project. Priority is given to educational projects, treatment based projects, supplies, and equipment. The Foundation does not generally support salaries, operations, or research-based projects. For more information, visitwww.wmdds.org then go to the Foundation section.

About Delta Dental Foundation

The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina. The Foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs.

For more information, visit www.deltadentalmi.com

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