Back to top

Grant Criteria & Application

The 2018 grant process is now closed.


The 2018 Grant submission date has passed, and submissions chosen to move forward will be notified of their outcome by September 28th.

For questions regarding the full application, please review the 2018 Grant Guidelines and Criteria


The DTA Foundation will award ten (10) $25,000 grants in 2018.


Eligibility Criteria

Preliminary proposal summaries are welcome from, but not limited to, dental organizations, dental schools, universities, government and/or community based groups for programs located in the United States and its territories. Applicants must be a legal non-profit entity.

Evaluation of Preliminary Proposal Summaries

The DTA Foundation’s priority is to award grants to projects that can leverage additional funding and expansion in other geographic areas. Programs that are solely local in scope and do not appear to be reproducible nationally or over a greater population, thus limited to attracting additional outside funding for future years, are considered outside the scope of current funding parameters.

The DTA Foundation Grants Committee Chairman and the DTA Foundation Executive Director will review all preliminary proposal summaries. Applicants will be invited to submit a full grant application to the Grants Committee based on the following areas:

DTA Foundation Grant (ten $25,000 grants available):

  • Innovation, originality, and creativity
  • Ability of program to attract additional funding following pilot completion
  • Sustainability of the program past the funding period
  • Ability to use project as a model program for expansion in other geographic areas
  • Ability of program to address the core purpose of the DTA Foundation
  • Potential impact on target audience or goal

We do not fund:

  • Existing/ongoing dental clinics
  • Ongoing projects
  • Mobile dental vans
  • Staff salaries (unless it is a new position that is part of a new innovative project)