grant guidelines

Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation Grant Guidelines

Our fall grant application process is now open! To learn more about our grant process, join us for a webinar on  August 17 at 3:00 p.m.

To start the application process, you must register through the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation portal and complete a letter of intent. You are welcome to register your organization at any time. 

Instructions for the portal:

  • If you are new to the system, click on the green “Register” button at the bottom of the landing page to register your organization and contact information.
  • Once your registration is complete, you will be taken to a Welcome page. Click on “Funding Opportunities.”
  • Click on the “Apply Now” button under the Fall 2021 Safety Net Grants.
  • Complete the letter of intent.

If you have questions, contact Polly Raible at or 804.346.7478.

Funding Priorities

The goals of this funding cycle are to:

  • Achieve measurable impacts on the health and well-being of Virginians.
  • Strengthen the commonwealth’s health care safety net, especially in underserved communities.
  • Endure beyond the life of an individual grant period or program, continuing to affect lives exponentially.

Funding through this cycle is available for new oral health initiatives or the expansion of oral health initiatives to new vulnerable populations. Initiatives should include one or more of the criteria below.


Creates equitable models of care

We believe 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.

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Integration of medical and dental care

Oral health is health, and we must continue to shed light on the ways they are intertwined to achieve better outcomes. These initiatives may include: upgrading Electronic Dental Records, updating workflow/process to promote care coordination, developing referral program for social support, and increasing integration activities to move from one level of the integration continuum to the other.

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Everyone deserves a healthy smile

A healthy smile is a powerful thing. That's why the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation is committed to improving the oral health of all Virginians.