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Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation (DDVAF) Grant

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Clinics
for Projects Related to Dental Care

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Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation (DDVAF)

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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations and clinics for projects related to dental care. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Eligible areas of funding include clinical practice initiatives, the integration of oral health and general health, and equitable models of care.

Funding is provided for new initiatives, to sustain ongoing treatment of existing programs, start-up funding, or one-time events that will include one or more of the following Foundation grant criteria.

Equitable models of care: Delta Dental believes everyone deserves a healthy smile, regardless of their age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, or zip code. These initiatives will bring changes to address social determinants of health, reduce disparities for specific populations, improve accessibility to dental services, and address health equity at the system level.

Innovation in Clinical Practice: These initiatives may include implementing practices such as teledentistry, minimally invasive dental care, and workforce changes; or determining other methods of transforming the way dental care is delivered.

Integrate medical and dental care: Oral health is tied closely with overall health, and dental professionals must continue to bring the two together to achieve better outcomes. These initiatives may include: upgrade EDR, update workflow/process to promote care coordination, develop referral program for social support, and increase integration activities.

The Foundation’s new investment strategy:

  • Support the dental safety net through grants to spread innovation
  • Boost prevention activities in schools and communities
  • Maximize clinic leadership and shared learning

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171204

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This RFP is open to all eligible organizations.

Organizational Characteristics: Must meet the first four criteria at a minimum.
- Tax-exempt nonprofit - Section 501(c)3 of Internal Revenue Code
- Free clinic, FQHC, hybrid clinic, or other care delivery model/organization
- The organization is current with local, state, and federal obligations to operate legally as a nonprofit entity.
- Organizations that have regional, state, or national audits must be able to provide financial statements form the most recent fiscal year that demonstrate the ability to account for how local funding is spent.
- Member in good standing with either VAFCC or VCHS, if applicable.
- Clinic staff, providers, and/or leadership subscribe to Toothtalk listserv hosted by the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) - if not currently subscribed, do so at his website:
- The organization has a clearly stated mission and written by-laws
- Board of Directors includes- patients ("patient-directed")

Geographic Equity. Must meet at least one criterion:
- Clinic located in a designated Medically Underserved Area (MUA)
- Clinic located in a Dental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA)
- Clinic serves a high proportion o uninsured patients (minimum 30% patient base)

Equitable Service Delivery:
- The organization has a policy on diversity for its staff, governing body, committees, and non-discrimnation policy for services delivered.
Ensure, to the best of the clinic's ability, accessibility of services through use of interpeters, language hotline, multilingual material/handouts, bilingual providers and staff.
- Ensure accessibility of services for LGBTQ+ individuals, including use of educational materials and displays targeted to LGBTQ+ health and well-being, customized patient intake forms, and implementing training for providers and staff on working with LGBTQ+ populations.
- Implement cultural humility education for clinic providers and staff.
- Promote providers who are bicultural/bilingual

For further eligibility criteria, see the Eligibility Checklist in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Application process:
1. Applicants must submit a letter of intent by September 15.
2. Organizations that are selected to apply will be notified by October 1.
3. Applications are due October 20.
4. A decision will be made by December 9, and recipients will be notified soon thereafter.
5. As applications are reviewed, site visits or Zoom meetings may be required to gather additional information.

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Contact Information:

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

Please email the completed LOI to

For questions, email the above email address.

Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation
4818 Starkey Road
Roanoke, VA 24018

Toll free: 800.237.6060
Local: 540.989.8000
TTY: 877.287.9039

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