The mission of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is to improve the oral health of Arkansans through dental education, prevention and treatment. Each year, the Foundation provides financial support to organizations to help further our mission, and we encourage community-based oral health programs in Arkansas to apply for grants for programs designed to improve oral health.
The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is now accepting Community Grant proposals for FY 2017. Grant applications are due no later than September 30, 2016 and recipients will be announced in November/December 2016. Please review our guidelines carefully for instructions on how to submit your grant application. To apply, please complete the application form and submit in a single PDF file to Weldon Johnson, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. In fact, the Center for Disease Control has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century! However, only 61 percent of Arkansans get fluoridated water, which is well below most other states. The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is committed to help.
In 2011, the Arkansas General Assembly passed Act 197 that requires water municipalities serving 5,000 or more customers to fluoridate their public water system without using taxpayer dollars. Understanding the positive impact fluoridated water can have on the dental health of Arkansans, the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation committed up to $6 million to pay the reasonable start-up costs associated with adding fluoride to Arkansas water systems.