2017 Community Grant Program

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 application period for the 2017 Community Grants Program is now closed. For inquiries regarding our upcoming grant cycle, please contact Weldon Johnson, Executive Director, at  



Water Fluoridation Grant Program

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.

When fully implemented, the number of Arkansans receiving fluoridated water will rise from 61 percent to 87 percent, which will have a substantial impact on the oral health of over 500,000 Arkansans not previously receiving publicly fluoridated water. The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation is proud to support water fluoridation efforts across the state, and we believe our commitment is an investment in the health of Arkansans.

According to the Arkansas Department of Health:
  •   Fluoridation is effective. Studies show that water fluoridation results in up to 60% less decay in baby teeth and up to 35% less decay in adult teeth.
  •   Fluoridation saves money. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every $1.00 spent on fluoridation prevents $38 in dental treatment.
  •   Fluoridation protects more than 300 million people in more than 40 countries worldwide, 170 million people in the United States alone, with more than 1.7 million people in Arkansas.
  •   Fluoride, according to the Institute of Medicine, is an essential nutrient for the development and maintenance of teeth.
  •   Fluoride exists naturally in rocks, soil, ocean water and in every fresh water supply.