Delta Dental Foundation awards grant to Grand Beginnings |

Delta Dental Foundation awards grant to Grand Beginnings

Staff Report

Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation has announced funding awards for projects working to improve children’s oral health in local communities, including Grand Beginnings locally.

Eleven organizations have received awards ranging from $1,000 – $15,000 per grant. Total award funding is $100,962.

The following Grand County organizations received mini-grant funding:

• Grand Beginnings, Healthy Mouths, Healthy Families project in Hot Sulphur Springs.Funding priority was given to applicants whose applications showed innovation, had an implementation plan, strived to reach underserved children and have the potential for sustainability. The projects selected for funding can take no more than one year to complete.

“This mini-grant funding allows Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation to empower local organizations and individuals to create projects focused on prevention and long-term improvements in children’s oral health,” said Lisa Konen, communications director, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S. Nearly half of Colorado’s 1.2 million children will have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten.

The consequences of untreated cavities include more missed school days, behavioral problems and lower grade point averages. The Foundation works to eradicate childhood tooth decay – a nearly 100 percent preventable disease – by supporting projects that increase access to dental care and address the causes of tooth decay.

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