Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation

Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation Grant Guidelines

Before applying for a grant, please review the following Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation grant guidelines or download the print version.

Funding Priorities

The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation awards grants to programs with an emphasis on one of the following goals.

Access to oral health 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 include, but are not limited to, initiatives that increase the number of dental patients seen, provide for additional dentists and dental staff to treat more patients, purchase dental equipment or eliminate barriers that keep patients from keeping appointments. Additional initiatives for consideration include those organizations 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.

Improving oral health measures and metrics in the state

Through efforts reducing novisit population or by providing preventive oral health care such as sealants, fluoride varnish, etc.

Addressing social determinants of health/disparity in oral health

Initiatives that target the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These include factors like socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health are.

Linking oral health to overall health

Initiatives that focus on educating the public about the critical role of oral health in a person’s overall health and wellness.

Funding may be provided:

  • For new initiatives
  • To sustain ongoing programs
  • For start-up funding
  • For one-time events

Grant Eligibility

The following entities may apply for a grant:

  • 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).

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

Application Deadlines

The Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation accepts applications for oral health grants annually from September 1 – September 30. Grant applications 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.

Required Documentation

To be considered for funding, applicants must complete and submit a grant application and the following documentation. Your documentation can be submitted to

  • Completed Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation grant application
  • Evidence of the applicant's tax-exempt status**
  • A current, detailed operating budget for the specific program for which you are requesting funds

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*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.

**You are not required to re-submit the Required Documentation items if you have submitted them with applications in previous years.