The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation will provide $2 million in funding for organizations in New York helping vulnerable populations affected by COVID-19. The funding will be in the form of unrestricted grants for organizations providing critical services to underserved individuals, including medical clinics and community service organizations.
“The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation seeks to build caring, resilient communities across our entire 15-state service area, and we want to ensure that our funding has an impact where it’s needed most,” said Kenzie Ferguson, vice president of foundation and corporate social responsibility for Delta Dental.
“New York has been especially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in the United States, and that is why we’re earmarking relief funding specifically for New York nonprofits on the frontlines,” said Ferguson.
The funding will go to community-based organizations that provide healthcare services to people of all ages regardless of their ability to pay. Food banks and other nonprofits that provide critical services to homebound seniors also will be eligible for grants.
The new funding for New York follows the Foundation’s March announcement of $5 million in funding to support COVID-19 and its April 15 announcement of $6 million in funding, including the $2 million specifically for New York, and the creation of a financial assistance program to support its independent dental providers.
“We’ve had to stay flexible in our response to meet the needs in our communities,” said Ferguson. “While we still don’t know the full extent or duration of this crisis, we are committed to using our resources to help where we can.”