Delta Dental of Arizona Awards More Than $740K in Local Grants

Delta Dental of Arizona, through its Foundation, has awarded grants to 33 nonprofits working to increase access to oral health services and provide nutritional programs for underserved populations across Arizona. These funds, totaling $743,536, were awarded to support projects and services promoting good oral health practices and increasing access to dental care among underserved children, pregnant women, seniors and — for the first time — adults.

“We expanded our guidelines this year to include non-dental programs, specifically nutritional access programs such as food banks, after-school and weekend food programs for children, and senior delivery programs,” says Barb Kozuh, executive director of the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation. “We were thrilled to see the response from these organizations.”

Grants were awarded via two funding categories: Community Grants and IMPACT Grants.

“Our Foundation board was intentional in updating our guidelines,” says Michael Jones, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Arizona and president of the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation. “There are thousands of individuals in our community that struggle with food insecurity daily. These individuals and their families likely also have unmet dental needs, and without access to proper nutrition, no amount of preventative care or education can protect them from long-term oral health issues.”

The grant program is just one of the many ways Delta Dental of Arizona works to improve the oral health of Arizonans. For more behind this Frontdoor, visit

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