COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 28, 2021) … To help meet dental health needs of children and adults, Delta Dental of South Carolina – a leading dental benefits provider and a non-profit organization – has announced it is now accepting applications for the first cycle of its 2021 Oral Health Grant Program. This grant funding is designed to support oral health initiatives, educational programs and charitable causes throughout the state. 

“In 2020, we were pleased to award 12 organizations across South Carolina with more than $498,000 in grant funding,” said Rob Goren, president and chief executive officer at Delta Dental of South Carolina. “We work to continually expand the reach of our program to help people of all ages access vital dental care and educational services, so they can live better lives through improved dental health. We encourage organizations, which align with our mission to improve oral health, to apply for a grant.”

Delta Dental of South Carolina’s Charitable Giving Committee evaluates each grant application from eligible organizations and determines the initiatives to be awarded funding. Objectives of the grant program include:

  • Reducing oral disease through education, prevention and treatment 
  • Ensuring access to affordable, timely and high-quality dental care 
  • Enhancing the awareness of good oral health with a focus on children and individuals in need 
  • Making a measurable difference in the oral health of South Carolinians
  • Helping to ensure South Carolina is among the states with the highest indicators of oral health. 

Delta Dental of South Carolina awards general operating grants, program/project grants, capacity-building grants and equipment grants for programs that promote the oral health of individuals in South Carolina. 

To be eligible for an oral health grant, applicants in South Carolina must first complete a letter of inquiry through the online application system at, which includes program guidelines and application instructions. Online letters of inquiry are due by Friday, March 12, 2021, and online applications are due by Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Applicants must be considered tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a public or governmental entity, such as a public school or health department, and serve the people of South Carolina. 

Delta Dental of South Carolina is a trade name of Delta Dental of Missouri, a dental benefits provider and a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, which operates in South Carolina under that name. It provides more than 335,000 members in South Carolina with access to affordable, high-quality dental care through group plans tailored to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes, from large corporations to small businesses with two or more employees. Delta Dental also offers dental benefit plans directly to individuals and families. The company proudly supports oral health initiatives, educational programs and charitable causes that help educate people about the importance of dental health and provide free dental care to those in need. It also created the South Carolina Dental Care Resource Guide to help individuals access information about low-cost and free dental care options in their area—available online at To learn more about the company, visit