Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation

Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation is designed to support Delta Dental of Minnesota's mission of improving the oral health of the people in Minnesota and advancing the science and art of oral health in Minnesota. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation was formed out of the proceeds of the 2009 sale of the dental benefit management company, DeCare Dental.

In 2013, Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation awarded 11 grants totaling $1,949,800. Highlights of the 2013 grants include:

  • Children’s Dental Services: Child Dental Screening & Follow-Up Program, Minnesota Statewide. $150,000* for preventive dental screenings and follow-up programs for low-income children in Minnesota.
  • Gillette Children’s Hospital Foundation: Dental Clinic Expansion, Minnesota Statewide. $250,000 to assist with dental clinic expansion to increase oral health services for patients with disabilities and complex medical conditions.
  • Minnesota Dental Foundation: Minnesota Mission of Mercy, Minnesota Statewide. $450,000* to provide free dental care to 2,000+ patients over a two-day period.
  • Normandale Community College Foundation: Dual Licensure Innovation, Minnesota Statewide. $178,000 to support redesign of dental curriculum for workforce development and expansion.
  • University of Minnesota Foundation: Rice Regional Dental Clinic, SW Minnesota. $561,000* to expand dental care access to underserved children ages 1-3.

    *Denotes multi-year grant investments

In 2012, Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation awarded 12 grants for a total of $1,940,000. Four highlights of the 2012 grants include:

  • Minnesota Dental Foundation. $150,000 to help fund Minnesota's first Mission of Mercy (MOM) event. The significant monetary value of this gift made Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation the Signature Sponsor of Minnesota's 2012 MOM event in August 2012.
  • Minnesota Department of Health. $300,000 for the Minnesota Oral Health Surveillance System. The Minnesota Department of Health will create a consolidated easy-to-use data source that contains Minnesota oral health indictors for program planners, managers, funders, policy makers, students, government agencies, and dental and other health professionals and communities.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities. $450,000 for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to provide preventive and restorative dental treatment to children ages birth to 21. Annually, the Care Mobile serves over 1,000 underserved patients with approximately 1,500 overall patient visits.
  • Special School-Based Sealant Initiative. $500,000 to expand Minnesota’s school-based sealant programs to reduce dental disease for children. The Foundation will invite proposals to create and/or expand sealant programs in underserved areas throughout Minnesota.

Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation is not currently accepting applications for funding. Delta Dental of Minnesota's Responsive Grant Program remains in place and will accept letters of inquiry for its September 2014 deadline.

Staff Contact Information 

Sharon Oswald
Program Manager, Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and Community Affairs Manager, Delta Dental of Minnesota
500 Washington Avenue South, #2060 
Minneapolis, MN 55415 
612-224-3203
soswald@deltadentalmn.org