Coloradans are experiencing increased impacts on their lives and organizations are feeling the strain from COVID-19 coronavirus.Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation is committed to addressing the growing needs of our community and providing timely resources to address the changing dynamics throughout our state.

Emergency Dental Care

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important we keep our hospital emergency rooms open for coronavirus patients. Delta Dental has created a guide to help you determine if you are experiencing a dental emergency and how to seek care. If you are experiencing a dental emergency or an urgent dental problem, call your dentist immediately to determine the best course of action.If your dentist’s office is closed, or if you do not have a dentist, there are clinics who will serve you. The clinics listed here take Medicaid or have a sliding fee scale. Please note, this information is changing rapidly. We recommend calling the clinic prior to visiting to ensure it is still open and serving patients.

Colorado COVID Relief Fund
Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation donated $100,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund, hosted by the state of Colorado and Mile High United Way. These pooled funds will provide flexible resources to organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by this pandemic.  

Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000. You can visit www.helpcoloradonow.org for more information and apply now

Small Business Federal Relief Bill
The Senate approved a $2 trillion stimulus bill, which includes nonprofits as part of its small business loan program. To be eligible, nonprofits or for-profits must have 500 or fewer employees and be in existence on March 1, 2020 or earlier.

Forgivable loans can be taken out for up to $10 million and can be used to meet payroll and associated costs (including health insurance premiums), facilities costs and debt service. Staff must be kept on the payroll between March 1 and June 30 for the loan to be forgiven. Applicants are encouraged to apply online. If you do not have access to a computer or smartphone, call 1‐800‐659‐2955 for assistance.

The compounding situation has created many questions about grant agreements and additional funding resources. Many of our grantees also serve a vital role in our healthcare system. Our initial response to active grant partners will be as follows:

Grantee Support and flexibility
COVID-19 is adding stressors to organizations in a many different ways and we recognize that most of our grant recipients may be reprioritizing their work for the near future. We are adjusting expectations for all active grant agreements in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Comprehensive modifications to all current grant agreements include:

Grantees are encouraged to contact their program officer directly or contact us at hello@ddpco.com if they have questions or want to discuss their current grant, where COVID-19 may be impacting grant deliverables, timelines or related efforts. 

Operating remotely 
As of Monday, March 16, our team is practicing social distancing and working from home for the foreseeable future. All functions will continue to operate as usual, and we are available for any questions or conversations. While we may not be working in the office or directly in communities, we remain committed to working hard to advance oral health equity alongside our community partners. All meetings will be conducted virtually or via a phone call. 

Stronger together, even when we’re apart
More than ever, a strong community is a valuable asset. We thank the health care community for your selflessness, commitment and dedication in caring for our neighbors with the most to gain. As news continues to unfold and the full impact of COVID-19 is revealed, know that we are here to help however we can. For questions or feedback, please contact us at hello@ddpco.com