2016 Community Grant Winners
This grant year, 2016, marks the 10th anniversary of the Foundation’s Community Grant Program. Since 2006, the Foundation has committed over $435,000 in actual dollars toward dental care access, treatment and education to the citizens of Illinois. Additionally, over $3.5 million has been donated in professional dental treatments through the Mission of Mercy bi-annual event! Well done!
The Community Grant Committee met the challenge of evaluating 17 applications from dental health providers and educators all across Illinois with project requests totaling over $121,500. Of the 17 applicants, one applicant was ineligible due to the 3 consecutive funding year policy and another applicant sent a late missive that their dental clinic was closing. Therefore, of the 15 remaining applicants, the Committee decided to provide some level of funding so that the Foundation would have, for the first time, 100% coverage of applications submitted, “a good milestone” as Dr. Julie Paulson remarked!
The programs selected for 2016 are:
Central Counties Health Centers, Inc. $5,000 – endorsed by GV Black District Dental Society.
Issued to help with the purchase of start-up equipment, materials needed and dental staff training to provide denture services.
Dental Lifeline Network – IL $2,500 – endorsed by Peoria District Dental Society.
Issued to provide ongoing operational support for the Donated Dental Services (DDS) Program.
Goldie’s Place $2,500 – endorsed by Chicago Dental Society.
To provide for the purchase of 28 full or partial dental arches.
Hancock County Health and Wellness Coalition $2,500 – endorsed by TL Gilmer District Dental Society.
Providing dental care and preventative services for Pre-K – 8th grade school children through the “Support for Defeat Decay Sealant Days” project.
Hult Center for Healthy Living $2,500 – endorsed by Peoria District Dental Society.
Provide 12 additional schools with the “Tooth or Consequences” program and purchase 20 replacement hands-on dental models.
Infant Welfare Society of Chicago $2,500 – endorsed by Chicago Dental Society.
To provide ongoing operational support for pediatric dental care for low-income children.
Mayslake Village $2,500 – endorsed by Chicago Dental Society.
To provide ongoing support for the “Spread the Health Program.”
Dr. Robert E. Rada $2,000 – endorsed by Chicago Dental Society.
To purchase a portable dental chair to better treat patients served by UCP Seguin Services and to increase oral health awareness among medical professionals in the field of pediatric special needs care.
SIU School of Dental Medicine $5,000 – endorsed by Madison District Dental Society.
Issued to purchase anesthesia medications for the patients served through the Special Needs Dental Care Program. This is in partnership with the Southern IL Healthcare Foundation and Touchette Regional Hospital.
Zion Benton Children’s Service $3,000 – endorsed by Chicago Dental Society.
Issued to provide ongoing operational support for the dental program serving low-income children in the Zion Benton community.
The ARK $1,000 – endorsed by Chicago Dental Society.
Provide ongoing support for dental treatment services for those with no access to care.
Bethany for Children and Families $1,000 – endorsed by Rock Island District Dental Society.
To provide ongoing operational support for the dental education and basic care provided through the “Give Kids a Smile” mobile dental clinic.
Northwest Community Hospital Foundation $1,000 – endorsed by Chicago Dental Society.
Provide ongoing operational support for the Oral Health Program/Mobile Dental Clinic.
OSF St. Francis Medical Center $1,000 – endorsed by Peoria District Dental Society.
Provide ongoing operating support for emergency dental care for low-income and uninsured adults.
Well Child Center $1,000 – endorsed by Fox River Valley Dental Society.
Provide ongoing operational support for the Pediatric Dental Program: First Tooth Visit.