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Oral Health in Rural Communities – Funding & Opportunities

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Dental Faculty Loan Repayment Program
Funding to establish a dental faculty loan repayment program with a priority for faculty within the disciplines of general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, public health dentistry, and dental hygiene. Additional preference will be given to applicants providing loan repayment to pediatric dentistry faculty supervising dental students or residents and providing clinical services in dental clinics located in dental schools, hospitals, and community-based affiliated sites. Applicants are also encouraged to consider individual loan repayment recipients from rural and disadvantaged background and from underrepresented minorities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Mar 3, 2023
Sponsors: Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Dental Reimbursement Program
Funding designed to improve access to oral healthcare services for low income 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: Mar 10, 2023
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
CareQuest 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: CareQuest Institute for Oral Health
Dental Trade Alliance (DTA) Foundation Grant
Funding for innovative projects designed to increase access to oral healthcare by broadening literacy of oral health's impact on overall health.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Dental Trade Alliance Foundation
Wrigley Company Foundation Healthier Smiles Grant Program Inactive
Provides funding to dental hygienists for projects aimed at improving oral health, increasing access to care in underserved communities, and providing oral health education with strong preventive components.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 13, 2022
Sponsors: American Dental Hygienists' Association, The Mars Wrigley Company Foundation
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 healthcare due to geographic and/or economic hardship.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2022
Sponsor: Academy of General Dentistry
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: Oct 3, 2022
Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Education and Outreach for Dental Therapy in Tribal Settings 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 22, 2022
Sponsor: National Indian Health Board
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 22, 2022
Sponsor: National Indian Health Board
Tribes and Tribal Organizations Implementation of Dental 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 14 states.
Application Deadline: Jul 22, 2022
Sponsor: National Indian Health Board

Last Updated: 1/4/2023