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Grants to Oklahoma Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and Agencies to Promote Oral Health and Advance Dental Education

Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation (DDOK) Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Oklahoma

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/06/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Oklahoma nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies for programs that promote oral health and advance dental education. Funding is intended to make dental care accessible to populations who would not otherwise have access to dental services.

Dental Health and Education Related Programs Funded:

  1. Benevolent Dentistry/Access to Care – Clinics, programs, projects, and events that provide dental care and education to Oklahomans unable to access the care they need due to financial, physical, or geographical barriers.
  2. Public Education – Programs that educate children and adults to improve oral health and establish life-long oral hygiene habits.
  3. Professional Education – Programs and scholarships that prepare the next generation of dental professionals, address dental professional shortage areas, and advance dentistry.
  4. Research and Ancillary Programs – Initiatives that advance or support core objectives. 

Priority Service Model:

The Foundation seeks to support, encourage, and advance the volunteer service of dental professionals. Therefore, funding decisions give priority to programs utilizing the following Preferred Service Model.
  1. Free clinic or program (no charge to patients).
  2. Specific patient qualifications are stated and proof is required.
  3. Volunteer dental professionals donate time and service (either in their private offices or in the grantee organization’s facility or event).
  4. Grant funds cover negotiated hard costs (such as labs, anesthesia, supplies, and materials).

Though priority is given to free clinics, on occasion the Foundation may choose to fund nonprofit, lowcost clinics which provide services to low-income, at-risk, uninsured/underinsured populations at fees deemed by the Foundation as “low-cost.” 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Requirements: 4-Point Test
1. The organization seeking the grant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with public charity status, an educational institution, a government agency, or a faith-based organization that serves all members of the community regardless of religious belief. Grants are not awarded to individuals.
2. The program, project or initiative being funded must be dental health or education related.
3. The program cannot discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion.
4. The program must serve Oklahomans.

In fairness to the many volunteer dental professionals, as a general rule grant funds should not be used to compensate dental professionals for their time or services. Exceptions may be made under certain circumstances but must be expressly reviewed and permitted by Foundation Board decision.

Pre-Application Information
Time Table for 2023 Grants
- Sept. 1, 2022 Online grant application opens
- Oct. 17, 2022 Grant application submission deadline
- Jan. 30, 2023 Grant decision letters are mailed
- Feb. 1, 2023 Grant list posted to website
- Feb. 17, 2023 Signed grant agreements are due
- March - Dec. 2023 Funds will be disbursed as scheduled

Contact Information
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If you have any questions regarding these funding guidelines and how they apply to your grant, please contact:
Nicki Largent, Grant Program Specialist
Phone: 405-607-2119 or 800-522-0188, ext. 119

Delta Dental of Oklahoma Foundation
Terrisa Singleton, Director
16 N.W. 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

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