2021 Community Education Grant Opportunity



Promoting oral health education of communities throughout Arkansas 

As part of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation’s continued effort to respond to and improve the oral health of individuals and communities throughout Arkansas, we are introducing a 2021 Community Education Grant. This grant opportunity seeks to improve the oral health of all Arkansans through funding education campaigns focused on:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Visiting a Dentist

Launched in 2008, the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation’s Community Grant funding opportunity is an annual investment designed to partner with organizations addressing oral health by serving communities throughout the state of Arkansas. We support initiatives that prioritize prevention of oral health issues through education and treatment and are committed to health equity.

Community Education Grants seek to increase equitable access to oral health care by funding community education programs focused on brushing, flossing, and visiting a dentist. Grants ranging from $2,500-$30,000 are available for eligible organizations. 


Focus Areas







Grant Timeline

Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation 2021 Community Education Grant Timeline





Grant application will be evaluated for overall content with special emphasis on the following areas:

Evidence-Based Approach

Proposal identifies an Evidence-Based education tool to engage target demographic.

Implementation Plan

Proposal includes a thorough implementation plan detailing how program will be implemented throughout grant cycle. Template provided by Foundation.


Proposal includes descriptive evaluation approach including intended outcomes, qualitative and quantitative data to be tracked and reported.






The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation welcomes applicants from the state of Arkansas with active programs dedicated to improving the oral health and oral health equity of Arkansans.

The Foundation funds nonprofit organizations with active programs in the state of Arkansas holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, governmental agencies and educational facilities. The Foundation cannot award grants to individuals.


The Community Grant evaluation committee is comprised of Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Board members, Delta Dental of Arkansas Employees and community organization leaders.






Webinar Information

Watch the full video below. To view certain sections of the video, click one of the following links (this will open a new window):

Who we are at DDARF – 3:49 - 6:37

Our Strategic Roadmap - 7:20 - 13:53

2021 Education Grant Info and Application Process – 16:21 – 31:17

Q&A – 31:33 – 34:51





2021 Community Grantees

The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation Community Grantee Network consists of organizations throughout the state of Arkansas who are committed to improving oral health in their communities.




Our application is available online through Foundant, our grant management site.

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. The Foundation cannot award grants to individuals.

Grant funds will be awarded for purposes including but not limited: to operational expenses, utilities, lease/rent, equipment, office supplies. Funding received from The Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation must be used for the project’s purposes as identified in the approved proposal. View an example 2020 grant agreement.

No. Whether you’ve been doing this work for one year or a decade is less relevant than how you approach the issues, your vision for change, track record, and the impact you’ve made.

We have tweaked the application to include questions related to COVID-19 and added a few questions regarding health equity. We are also allowing for funding requests to support operational expenses.

Yes, absolutely. You will have an opportunity in the application to tell us how your ideas and initiative have evolved since last year.

Generally speaking, we are interested in ambitious, creative initiatives likely to affect the oral health of a significant portion of a target population, geography, or community. Strong applicants will display an awareness of and address health equity.

Because we know the kind of investment required for these proposals, we do our best to make sure that re-application is as easy as possible.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to provide individual feedback on applications.

2021 Community Education Grant