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Making Smiles Happen

Corporate Giving Policy & Procedures


Beginning in 2015, the Delta Dental of Kentucky charitable initiative Making Smiles Happen® has allowed us to increase our support to groups aimed at improving oral health throughout the Commonwealth, as well as supporting non-profits important to our employees and the communities we serve. One main goal of Making Smiles Happen is providing financial support in the form of a charitable donation to a variety of non-profit partners focused on ensuring children and adults in Kentucky have access to oral care and oral health education. As we grow the program, we aim for even more community involvement throughout Kentucky.

Funding Priorities

Delta Dental’s core purpose is the advancement of oral health care of Kentuckians through our dental benefits programs and philanthropic efforts. It is through Making Smiles Happen that we are able to extend our focus of support to additional non-profit organizations servicing our communities. In keeping with our corporate mission, we give preference to organizations and initiatives that focus on the improvement of oral health.

Contributions are prioritized in two key areas: health and human enrichment and civic and community affairs.

  • Health and Human Enrichment

Delta Dental provides support to organizations working in the health and human services fields, including organizations serving children and families, seniors, low to moderate income individuals, minorities, disabled and at-risk individuals.

  • Civic and Community Affairs

Support is also provided to organizations that promote education, arts/recreation and community development, including economic development opportunities for local companies and civic groups. In this category, Delta Dental supports organizations whose goals are determined to best meet the needs of their local communities.

2017 Grant Schedule

Requests will be reviewed by following the below schedule as closely as possible, it is important to submit a request several months in advance of an activity.

Deadline for Submissions   Award Notifications
February 15, 2017                   March 15, 2017
June 15, 2017                          July 15, 2017
September 15, 2017                October 15, 2017


Grant Reporting Form

All prior grant recipients must complete and submit a reporting form before requesting additional funding.

How to Apply

In order to apply for funding, you must meet the following criteria:
  • The organization must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or working for community  benefit)
  • Applicants must service or benefit individuals and communities within the state of Kentucky
  • The following organizations are specifically excluded from receiving grants:
  • Individuals
  • Organizations that discriminate by race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or national origin
  • Political activities, organizations or campaigns
  • Loans
  • Projects developed for commercial or proprietary purpose
  • Past grantees that have failed to provide charitable contribution surveys or other requested documentation

To apply, visit our Online Application to complete your request.
For additional questions, contact Karen Legler, Corporate Philanthropy, at 502-736-4628 or