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Oral Health in Rural Communities – Funding & Opportunities

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Dental Preventive Clinical Support Program
Grants to address the challenges and opportunities associated with IHS preventive and clinical dental programs. The program goals are to provide support, guidance, training, and enhancement of dental programs within their area and to ensure that the services of the support centers and the dental programs result in measurable improvements in the oral health status of the American Indian/Alaska Native patients served.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Sep 21, 2020
Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Wrigley Company Foundation Healthier Smiles Grant Program
Provides funding to dental hygienists for projects aimed at improving oral health or providing oral health education with strong preventive components.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 31, 2020
Sponsors: American Dental Hygienists' Association, The Mars Wrigley Company Foundation
DentaQuest Community Response Fund
Supports organizations, activities, and events that offer short-term, immediate solutions to oral healthcare challenges in underserved communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement
DentaQuest Executive Director's Fund
Supports convenings, events, and activities that promote oral health with a focus on reducing oral health disparities and advancing health equity.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement
Indian Health Service (IHS) Continuing Dental Education Courses
Helps IHS oral health professionals find and request Continuing Dental Education (CDE) courses and manage the CDE process.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: IHS Division of Oral Health, Indian Health Service
Tribal Colleges and Universities Implementation Activities or Feasibility Study for Dental Therapy Training Programs Inactive
Grants to Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) to implement activities to support training and educational opportunities for dental therapy students, or to undertake a feasibility study to explore what it would take to begin a dental therapy training program at the TCU.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 20, 2020
Sponsor: National Indian Health Board
Tribes and Tribal Organizations Education and Outreach Programs for Dental Health Aide Therapy Inactive
Grants to support education and outreach on Tribal dental therapy programs. The overall goal of the program is strengthening efforts and launching new efforts to enhance federal, state, and Tribal policies supportive of dental therapy within the Indian Health System.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 20, 2020
Sponsor: National Indian Health Board
Tribes and Tribal Organizations Implementation of Dental Health Aide Therapy Inactive
Grants for projects that implement dental therapy in Tribal communities in states that have a legal mechanism for dental therapists to practice within the Indian Health System.
Geographic coverage: Available in 12 states.
Application Deadline: Jul 20, 2020
Sponsor: National Indian Health Board
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Dental Reimbursement Program Inactive
Funding designed to improve access to oral healthcare services for low income, uninsured, and underserved people with HIV, and to train dental students, dental hygiene students, and dental residents to deliver dental care to people with HIV.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 3, 2020
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Indian Health Service Dental Externships Inactive
Externships for dental students interested in a career with the Indian Health Service Division of Oral Health or a Tribal site.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 29, 2020
Sponsors: Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry Inactive
Grants to plan, develop, operate, or participate in, postdoctoral training programs in the fields of general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and dental public health. Programs should prepare postdoctoral trained dentists to improve access to and delivery of oral healthcare delivery to low income, underserved, uninsured, underrepresented minority, health disparity, and rural populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
AAPD Foundation Access to Care Grants Inactive
Grants to support community-based initiatives that provide dental homes to children who are underserved and/or have limited access to oral healthcare.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Dec 20, 2019
Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Academy of General Dentistry Foundation Grant Program Inactive
Grant support for nonprofit community-based outreach programs that provide free oral cancer screenings and education to the public, especially underserved communities, that lack access to oral health care due to geographic and/or economic hardship.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2019
Sponsor: Academy of General Dentistry
Networks for Oral Health Integration within the Maternal and Child Health Safety Net Inactive
Grants to improve access to and delivery of comprehensive, quality oral healthcare for children, 0–17 years of age, by testing and establishing models of care utilizing specified collective strategies including integrated service delivery, training of healthcare providers, and prevention.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 29, 2019
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Oral Health Services Expansion Grants Inactive
Awards funding to Section 330 Health Center grantees to enhance or expand oral health services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 22, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration
Pre-­Dental Admission Workshop for American Indians and Alaska Natives Inactive
A workshop held at Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health in Mesa, Arizona and designed to assist American Indians and Alaska Natives in getting ready to apply to dental school.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 14, 2019
Sponsors: A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, National Center for American Indian Health Professions
Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Funding to establish a dental faculty loan repayment program with a priority for faculty engaged in primary care dentistry, including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, public health dentistry, and dental hygiene.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Jul 2, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities Inactive
Offers funding to states to develop and implement programs that address the dental workforce needs of designated Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 12, 2018
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Community Based Dental Partnership Program Inactive
Offers funding to organizations to work with community-based dental providers to increase service delivery to people living with HIV/AIDS in underserved populations or geographic areas, and to train dental and hygiene students and dental residents to deliver HIV/AIDS dental care.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 19, 2018
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Predoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Inactive
Awards funding to plan, develop, and operate predoctoral training programs in dentistry and dental hygiene for dental and dental hygiene students that address enhancing pediatric training to support improved access to oral health care for vulnerable, underserved, or rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 30, 2017
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration

Last Updated: 8/6/2020