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The 2017 grant process is now closed.

Organizations that have submitted a full grant application will receive an outcome notification no later than September 29, 2017. If you are interested in applying for DTA Foundation grant funding in 2018, please click here and request to be added to our mailing list. The information below is for reference only.

The DTA Foundation will award nine (9) $25,000 grants in 2017, one of which will be a joint DTA Foundation/Dental Lifeline Network grant.

If your organization has an innovative pilot project designed to improve oral health care for the growing number of Americans in need, or has an innovative pilot project specifically related to providing access to comprehensive dentistry for individuals with disabilities, who are elderly, or medically compromised, please review the 2017 Preliminary Proposal Guidelines and Criteria.

Each applicant must demonstrate that their innovative pilot project will not only improve access to oral care in their immediate area, but also have the potential to grow and be implemented in other areas of the country. 

New for 2017

In order to be invited to complete a full application for a DTA Foundation grant, your organization will be required to submit an electronic 2017 Preliminary Proposal Summary Form. The DTA Foundation will not accept grant applications from any organizations that have not been invited to move on in the review process. Preliminary proposal summaries are a requirement for all organizations. No exceptions will be made.

2017 DTA Foundation Grant Timeline:

Preliminary Proposal Summary Due: February 15 no later than 11:59pm ET

Preliminary Proposal Summary Decision Announced: No later than March 22

  • All applicants will be notified of their status via email. Accepted proposal summaries will be invited to complete a full grant application.
  • Further details regarding the grant application, budgetary guidelines, and required attachments will be provided upon invitation to apply.

Full Grant Application and Attachments Due: May 24 no later than 11:59pm ET

Final Grant Decision Announced: No later than September 29

  • All applicants will be notified of their status via email. Grant winners will also receive a phone call.

The DTA Foundation has awarded just over $1.7 million dollars in grant funding to 83 innovative projects designed to increase access to oral health care since the inception of the grant program in 2002. Past recipients have used DTA Foundation seed money for innovative programs designed to improve the access to and productivity of the oral health care system, leveraging more than $5 million in additional funding for these promising projects.

In 2013, the DTA Foundation and the Dental Lifeline Network joined forces to create a grant program to specifically support projects that provide access to comprehensive dentistry for society's most vulnerable individuals who are elderly, medically compromised, or with special needs and have no other way to get help.