Responsive Grants
Delta Dental of Minnesota

Delta Dental of Minnesota Responsive Grant Program

Delta Dental of Minnesota believes that philanthropic giving improves lives and enhances our community. We know that when we invest in outstanding service, innovation and education, we build stronger communities, healthier individuals, and brighter futures for all of Minnesota. That’s why we are a leader in corporate philanthropy.

Delta Dental of Minnesota’s mission is to improve overall health, through oral health, for all people. Its philanthropic efforts are focused on programs that promote overall health through increased access to oral health and on initiatives that present innovative solutions to the challenges of healthy living.

Our Funding

Delta Dental of Minnesota is an independent, nonprofit oral health service plan that helps ensure access to affordable dental care. Our range of giving is $2,000 to $50,000. Each year, we grant about $475,000 to organizations and programs that work to improve oral health for all Minnesotans. We also provide $400,000 in corporate sponsorships and donations annually.

Funding Priorities

Our goal is to work hand-in-hand with public and nonprofit organizations to identify and implement solutions that address specific problems. We direct funds to organizations and initiatives that promote overall health through access to oral health education and services through the following priorities:

Safety Net: Increase access to oral health services by optimizing the capacity of the safety net oral health system

Workforce: Improve access by assisting and expanding the oral health workforce and health care team

Prevention & Education: Expand access to effective oral health education and prevention services

Criteria and Restrictions

Delta Dental of Minnesota prioritizes funding requests from organizations which demonstrate a significant impact, establish measured outcomes and risk assessments, and encourage or promote evidence-based dentistry. We do not provide funding for the following:

  • General operating support or annual operating expenses
  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowments
  • Religious groups for religious purposes
  • Individuals
  • Lobbying
  • Political or fraternal activities
  • Individual schools or school districts
  • Sports events and athletic groups
  • Payment of services or benefits reimbursable from other sources

Application Information

Organizations classified as tax-exempt nonprofits under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code may apply. Applicants must be located in Minnesota and serve primarily Minnesotans.

Online Letter of Inquiry

All inquiries must be submitted using our online grantmaking software. Click here for Application Instructions. Click here to access the online application.

2020 Letter of Inquiry Deadlines:

  • February 28, 2020
  • August 31, 2020

Timeline for Receiving Letters of Inquiry

Online applications should be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date. Applicants will be notified of the status of their letter of inquiry within approximately four weeks of receipt.

Full Proposal Applications

Full proposals are accepted for organizations/programs that are notified by Delta Dental of Minnesota based upon an approved letter of inquiry. Our grantmaking is a semi-annual program and the entire process from letter of inquiry to full proposal decision-making is approximately six months.

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