The mission of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation (Foundation) is to improve the oral health of Arkansans through dental education, prevention and treatment. Each year, the Foundation offers financial support for oral health and education related programs and initiatives. We prioritize requests that provide services towards one of our key focus areas:


  • • Children and youth
  • • Aging adults
  • • Low to moderate income individuals
  • • Underserved populations

Types of Grants


Community Grants seek to expand access to oral health care in underserved areas by funding services that provide preventative services or treatment for individuals of all ages, ethnicities, gender, and socio-economic status in Arkansas.

  • • Funding amount: Up to $30,000
  • • Grant application deadline: September 30, 2017 (COMMUNITY GRANTS ARE NOW CLOSED)
  • • Grant recipients notified: November/December 2017

Mini Grants seek to support innovative, solution-based projects that make an impact in the field of oral health. Our intent is to directly impact communities through providing access to funding for organizations that may not meet the requirements of our Community Grants program.


  • • Funding amount: Up to $2,500
  • • Grant application deadline: Applications are accepted year round
  • • Grant recipients notified: Ongoing

Additionally, Super Smiles at School, our school-based mini grants program, seeks to improve access to oral health care for Pre-K through 12 th grade students. Grant requirements are the same as the mini grants and is only available to schools, school districts, and early childhood centers.


Who We Fund

The Foundation encourages Arkansas based nonprofit organizations (501(c)(3)), faith-based, schools-based, and governmental agencies to apply. We cannot award grants to individuals. Only one proposal per organization per year will be considered.


Grants typically not funded include requests for:


  • • Salaries, indirect costs, excess administrative costs, utilities, wages/salary, fringe benefits, travel or incentives/gifts
  • • Digital panoramic machines
  • • Fundraising events
  • • Endowments
  • • Deficit financing and debt retirement
  • • Projects that will not be implemented within one year
  • • Programs receiving Medicaid or private insurance funding
  • • Programs that discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status

Grant applications will be judged based on innovativeness of the proposed project, its potential impact on the oral health of Arkansans and the subjective analysis of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation’s staff, grant review committee, and Board of Directors. The Foundation’s funding decisions are final and shall not be subject to appeal.