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Oregon Children’s Dental Health Initiative

Grants to Oregon Non-Profits & Others
for School-Based Oral Health Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Oregon Community Foundation, Northwest Health Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente

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Deadline Date:

10/15/14 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Oregon non-profits and public entities to support children’s dental health programs offering school-based services, with an emphasis on reaching those communities most impacted by poor dental outcomes. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent to apply by September 1, 2014.

Through this initiative, the funders aim to increase access to oral hygiene education and supplies; prevention services (including risk assessments, screenings, sealants and fluoride varnish applications); and necessary treatment services through effective case management.

The program offers two grant opportunities:

1) Planning Grant (Up to $30,000)

For communities interested in starting a coordinated, comprehensive program, a nine-month Planning Grant is available. The purpose of this grant is to provide the time to convene the appropriate stakeholders (such as dentists, insurance representatives, school nurses, government, parents, and leaders in education, healthcare, business and public health); develop plans for a school-based program; and get letters of commitment from various partners needed to implement the program.

Eligible organizations are those that want to start a brand-new program, or have started a program in the last two years that is not yet comprehensive as defined above.

Planning Grant funds may be used for:

-Convening meetings and providing meals at meetings
-Conducting an inventory of existing dental services provided to schools (Needs Assessment)
-Travel for meetings
-Materials and supplies
-Developing the plan
-Writing the grant application for the four years of program implementation funds (due October 15, 2015)

2) Sustaining Grant (Up to $50,000, per year, for 3 years)

The second funding opportunity is for existing school-based programs that have a strong track record of providing comprehensive dental health services over the past three years, but need support to expand their services and become sustainable.

Organizations that are currently providing comprehensive school-based dental services to underserved youth are encouraged to apply for three years of funding to expand services and to develop a sustainable funding model by partnering with local Coordinated Care Organization(s) and/or Dental Care Organization(s).

Grant funds may be used for:

-Staffing needed to expand services or assist with sustainability
-Services provided to schools with 50 percent or more students eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch and students from communities of color
-Equipment and supplies for the program
-Travel to schools and meetings
-Data collection, tracking and evaluation participation
-Volunteer recruitment and training
-Steering Committee meals and materials
-Travel to develop partnerships with Coordinated Care Organizations and/or Dental Care Organizations
-Minor fundraising expenses

Priority will be given toapplicants that demonstrate a commitment to providing services to schools with 50 percent ormore students on Free and Reduced Lunch and students from communities of color.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145385

Estimated Size of Grant:

Starting a Program: Up to $30,000 for planning. Expanding and Sustaining a program: Up to $50,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Planning Grant: 9 months. Expanding and Sustaining: 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit organizations or public entities may apply for either funding opportunity.

Pre-Application Information:

A letter of intent to apply is encouraged, but not required, by September 1, 2014. (There is not a specific form for this. Just type a letter and mail it to the contact below.)

Applicants may only apply for one funding opportunity.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The Oregon Community Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97205

Melissa D. Freeman, Director of Strategic Projects
Telephone: (503) 227-6846

Molly Roman, Strategic Projects Coordinator
Telephone: (503) 227-6846

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon