Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation

Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation Grant Guidelines

The following is an overview of the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation grant guidelines. Before applying for a grant, please review the complete listing of our grant guidelines.

Funding Priorities

Funding is provided for new initiatives, to sustain ongoing treatment of existing programs, start-up funding or one-time events that will include one or more of the following Foundation grant criteria:

Access to Care

Initiatives focus on breaking down the barriers that prevent uninsured or underinsured individuals from accessing oral health care and/or the delivery of care in their communities. Examples that would fall in this category could include, but are not limited to, initiatives that increase the number of dental patients seen, provide for additional dentists and dental staff, purchase dental equipment or eliminate barriers that keep patients from keeping appointments. Additional initiatives for consideration include those that seek to increase the overall number of dentists practicing in Virginia, particularly in rural, underserved areas.

Oral Health Education

Initiatives focus on providing oral health education to the public with a special focus on low income individuals and children as well as enhancing educational initiatives for those pursuing a career in oral heath.

Advances in Oral Health through Research

Initiatives focus on improving oral health through medical, educational and behavioral research.

Grant Eligibility

The following entities may apply for a grant from the DDVAF:

  • Any public agency or private non-profit holding a 501(c)(3) tax-exemption*;
  • Any organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt fiscal sponsor; or
  • An applicant for federal tax-exemption under 501(c)(3).
*If the applicant is a free clinic or a community health center, it must be a member in good standing with either the Virginia Association of Free Clinics or the Virginia Community Healthcare Association.


Types of projects eligible for funding:

  • Continue or expand dental treatment services
  • Dental equipment or supplies for dental safety net clinics
  • Oral health educational materials or programs
  • Fluoride varnish applications
  • Fluoride equipment

Grant Application Process

The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation accepts applications for oral health grants from August 1 - September 30 each year. Grant applications can be completed online and must be received on or before September 30. Applications received after this date will not be considered. The Foundation reviews proposals and makes grant decisions in the fall and funds are distributed in December.

To be considered for funding, applicants must complete and submit a grant application and the required documentation. Applications can be completed online or the form can be printed and submitted via fax or mail to the address on the form.

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