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Clinical Dental Education Innovations Grant

Grants to Minnesota Teaching Institutions and
Clinical Training Sites for Dental Programs

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Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC)

Deadline Date:

09/10/21 11:59 PM Central Time


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Grants to Minnesota accredited teaching institutions and clinical training sites for dental programs. Funding is intended to support projects that improve access to dental health care for disadvantaged communities and promote innovative clinical training and clinical dental education programs.

Potential uses of grant funds include expanding existing clinical training programs that have demonstrated success in providing dental services to underserved populations and in developing or implementing new programs designed to improve access for underserved populations. Programs must use dental occupations residents or students in dental professional training programs. Grants must be used to fund costs directly related to the established or ongoing operation of an accredited clinical dental education program or to establish or expand an accredited clinical dental training program at a Medicaid-eligible site.

Examples of potential uses of funds include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of curricula for new dental-only or interdisciplinary programs,
  • Training programs for new dental professions such as dental therapy,
  • Outreach to potential patients and trainees through teledentistry systems,
  • Recruitment of volunteer or paid preceptors, and/or
  • Other expenses related to establishing new clinical training sites or expanding services at existing sites

For Program Priorities, and for Eligible Projects and Expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181006

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

MDH anticipates making approximately eight to twelve grant awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Estimated Award Maximum: Approx. $150,000
- Estimated Award Minimum: Approx. $30,000

Term of Contract:

Grant projects will be approved for the period January 2022 through June 2023. The anticipated start date of the grant agreements for successful applicants is January 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include teaching institutions that train dental professionals and clinical training sites that increase dental access for underserved populations and promote innovative clinical training of dental professionals. The teaching institution or the clinical training site must provide accredited clinical training.

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to:
- Fundraising
- Taxes, except sales tax on goods and services
- Lobbying, political contributions
- Bad debts, late payment fees, finance charges, or contingency funds
- Depreciation expenses

Individual providers applying alone are not eligible for grants, nor are clinical training sites or institutions outside of Minnesota.

Pre-Application Information:

Project Dates:
- RFP published July 12, 2021
- Grant Application due to MDH September 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM
- Grant Announcement to Applicants November 1, 2021
- Grant Agreements begin (est.) January 1, 2022

All questions regarding this RFP must be submitted by email or phone. Please submit questions no later than 12:00 p.m. central time, on August 20, 2021

All applications must be submitted online through the online grant portal no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Time, on Friday, September 10, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility to allow sufficient time to address all potential delays caused by any reason whatsoever. MDH will not be responsible for delays caused by mail, delivery, computer or technology problems.

No match requirement for this grant.

To ensure the proper and fair evaluation of all applications, other communications regarding this RFP including verbal, telephone, written or internet initiated by or on behalf of any applicant to any employee of the Department, other than questions submitted to as outlined above, are prohibited.

Reimbursement is the method for making grant payments.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Direct questions to: or 651-201-3870

Minnesota Department of Health
PO Box 64882
St. Paul, MN 55164-0882

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota

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