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Grants to USA Agencies, Universities, and Dental Schools to Address the Dental Care Needs of Underserved Communities

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Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities

United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Medicine and Dentistry

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #150889

Grant Description

Grants to USA and territories government agencies, universities, and dental schools to address the dental health needs of residents. Applicants are advised that required registration may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to improve the oral health of residents living in areas that have a shortage of dental health professionals.

Program Goals:

The goals of this program are to:

  1. Encourage and support State innovation that will increase oral health services for populations living in Dental HPSAs;
  2. Encourage and support the strategic use of evaluation to improve program performance, assess program impact, and address the concerns and needs of key stakeholders and decision makers within the State; and
  3. Encourage States to develop ways to sustain those programs that increase the accessibility and quality of oral health services within Dental HPSAs, which can include the adoption of the innovation by stakeholders within the State.

Program objectives can be found on page 5 of the NOFO. See Attached Files, below.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include only Governor-designated, State government entities, such as the office of State’s dental director or a State-run university or dental school. In additional to the 50 States, eligible applicants include the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, America Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

Private institutions are not eligible to apply. States are encouraged to work with tribal entities to facility greater consultation and coordination between State and tribal governments.

All applications submitted by any State-governmental entity other than the office/division housing the State dental director (such as a State-run university of dental school) MUST include a letter of support in Attachment 9 from either the Governor or the State’s dental director that specifically endorses the applicant as the State’s sole designated representative to apply for these federal dollars on the State’s behalf. Such applicants must coordinate with the office/division housing the State dental director as only one application per State will be accepted. The letter must detail how the State’s dental director will be actively involved in the project, include the State’s investment of resources to the project and any planned coordination activities at the State level, and these must be included in the application. Applications from State government entities, other than the office/division housing the State dental director, that do not contain this letter WILL NOT be considered for funding.

An application submitted by the State governmental office/division housing the State dental director does not need to include a letter of support from the Governor. For States without an official oral health program or without a State-level oral health leadership position, the eligible entity to apply on the State’s behalf would include the individual or entity within the State government that holds the primary responsibility for the State’s dental workforce.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance
HRSA will hold a pre-application technical assistance (TA) webinar for applicants seeking funding through this opportunity. The webinar will provide an overview of pertinent information in the NOFO and an opportunity for applicants to ask questions. Visit the HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce’s open opportunities website at to learn more about the resources available for this funding opportunity

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for applications under this NOFO is January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.ET. HRSA suggests submitting applications to at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

Estimated Award Date: 09/01/2022

Only one application per State will be accepted.

Cost sharing/matching is required for this program. 42 USC §256g(d) (§340G (d) of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act) requires a 40 percent match in non-federal contributions for this grant. States must match at least 40 percent of federal funds provided under this grant either in cash or in-kind. In-kind contributions may include plant, equipment, and services and may be provided from State, local, or private sources.

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current immediately. HRSA will not approve deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems may take up to 1 month to complete.

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 32

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $400,000 per award subject to the availability of appropriated funds

Term of Contract:

September 1, 2022 through August 31, 2026 (4 years)

Contact Information:

You may request additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:
Carolyn J. Cobb
Grants Management Specialist Division of Grants Management Operations
Office of Federal Assistance and Management
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 10SWH03
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-0829

You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:
Thomas Vallin, MPH
Project Officer, Division of Medicine and Dentistry
Attn: Grants to States to Support Oral Workforce Activities
Bureau of Health Workforce
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 144B
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-1307

You may need assistance when working online to submit your application forms electronically. Always obtain a case number when calling for support. For assistance with submitting the application in, contact 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding federal holidays at: Contact Center
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726 (International callers dial 606-545-5035)

RFP & Supporting Documents:

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

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