The mission of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation (Foundation) is to improve the oral health of Arkansans through dental education, prevention and treatment. Each year, the Foundation offers financial support for oral health-related programs and initiatives. We prioritize requests that provide services towards one of our key focus areas:


  • Children and youth
  • Aging adults
  • Underserved populations

  • Types of Grants

    Community Grants seek to expand access to oral health care in underserved areas by funding services that provide preventative services or treatment for individuals of all ages, ethnicities, genders and socio-economic statuses in Arkansas.


  • Funding amount: Up to $30,000
  • Grant application deadline: August 31, 2018 by 5 p.m.
  • Grant recipients notified:November - December 2018

    The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is no longer accepting 2019 Community Grant applications. Click here to view the complete list of grantees.


    Please be advised that our application cycle has changed. See below:

    Mini Grants seek to support innovative, solution-based projects that make an impact in the field of oral health. Our intent is to directly impact communities through providing access to funding for organizations that may not meet the requirements of our Community Grants program.


  • Funding amount: Up to $2,500
  • Grant application deadline: Applications accepted year-round
  • Grant recipients notified: Ongoing

    Click here to download the Mini Grant Application.


    Super Smiles at School (“Super Smiles”), our school-based mini grants program, seeks to expand oral health education and treatment by partnering with schools, school districts, and early childhood centers to directly impact Pre-K – 12 th grade students.

    All Super Smiles participating schools will receive an oral health toolkit that includes bilingual templates and consent forms for school health officials and parents, referral information, and educational materials, courtesy of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation.


  • Funding amount: Up to $2,500
  • Grant application deadline: Applications accepted year-round
  • Grant recipients notified: Ongoing

    Click here to download the Super Smiles at School Grant Application.


    Who We Fund

    The Foundation encourages Arkansas-based nonprofit or community organizations holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, governmental agencies and educational facilities to apply. We cannot award grants to individuals. Only one proposal per organization per year will be considered.


    Grants typically not funded include requests for:


  • Indirect costs, excess administrative and salary costs, utilities, wages/salary, fringe benefits, travel, or incentives/gifts
  • Fundraising events
  • Private foundations and endowments
  • Deficit financing and debt retirement
  • Projects that will not be implemented within one year
  • Programs that discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status

    Grant applications will be judged based on the innovativeness of the proposed project, its potential impact on the oral health of Arkansans, and the subjective analysis of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation’s staff, grant review committee and board of directors. The Foundation’s funding decisions are final and shall not be subject to appeal.


    Certain grants include specific reporting requirements, schedules and systems that may vary based on the funding level. Please review the grant terms and conditions carefully before applying.


    For more information about our grant programs, please contact Chrissy Chatham, Executive Director, at 501-922-1698 or