Superior Health Foundation accepting grant proposals to improve children’s oral health

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The Superior Health Foundation is pleased to announce it is now accepting grant proposals to improve oral health for children across the Upper Peninsula.

In May, the Superior Health Foundation hosted an Upper Peninsula Children’s Oral Health Summit in Marquette. More than 60 people, including many dental health professionals from across the U.P., provided insight and invaluable feedback to improve oral health for children.

Following the summit, 16 volunteers, including three dentists, a public health medical director and other dental health stakeholders, participated in an Oral Health Design Team that has met several times to discuss the criteria and offer feedback into the Request for Proposal (RFP).

The Superior Health Foundation will award more than $200,000 in grant dollars this fall to this cause, which was identified by its Board of Directors as the first proactive grant project it wanted to support.

“We’re delighted to be in this position. Poor dental health is the most common chronic disease among children and this silent epidemic exists in the Upper Peninsula,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “The Superior Health Foundation supports the vision that we can eradicate oral disease in children and improve oral health for a lifetime.”

A complete grant application overview and eligibility requirements, including links to the grant application, narrative template, work plan template and evaluation template are available on the SHF home page at Application forms are also available in the SHF office, located at 121 N. Front St., Marquette, MI 49855.

Forms can either be filled out online, downloaded and mailed to the SHF or hand delivered. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8.

Award winners will be notified on Friday, Sept. 26, and will be invited to a fall grants program in late October.

For more information, contact LaJoie in the SHF at 906-225-6914.