DentaQuest Foundation: Community Response Fund Grants

DentaQuest Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $409,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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The DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement is committed to making investments that improve and strengthen the systems that create better oral health for all. We are guided by a vision of a community where everyone has equitable access to the knowledge, support, and resources to attain optimal oral health, and by a systems change framework that informs the strategies we employ to achieve the outcomes that will move us toward realizing this vision. One of our theories of change is that it is necessary to target multiple systems that affect optimal oral health outcomes, including: Policy, Funding, Care, and Community.

Investing in Change

Health disparities impact people very directly. It may mean diminished quality of life from persistent pain, poor appearance, loss of economic opportunities, and overall lower life expectancy. Uneven access to preventive and restorative care particularly, impacts racial and ethnic minority groups, families living in poverty, and the elderly, among others. The DentaQuest Partnership approach invests in both national and community-based efforts to improve oral health and help erase disparities. These investments are strategic, multi-layered, and directed at the systems that provide and fund care, enhance public policy, and help communities build and navigate available resources.

Partnerships are important

Providers, communities, funders, and policymakers each play a unique role in addressing health disparities. As conveners, we believe philanthropies have the unique role of encouraging collaborative relationships and serving as catalysts for change. All are welcome who are willing to work for common ground solutions appropriate for the scale of the problems to be solved.

Momentum for social justice and health equity

As catalysts for change, foundations can serve as an amplifier, elevating critical issues for discussion and framing opportunities for engagement. We also have an obligation to give our partners what they need to succeed. We encourage connected learning and stakeholder engagement.

Through our philanthropic investments, the DentaQuest Partnerships supports major national initiatives as well as state- and community-based programs that are driving change from the grassroots to the grasstops. Our grantee partners are supported with resources, including technical assistance, to empower them to cultivate deep and effective community partnerships and coalitions; to engage stakeholders at key points from strategy-setting to execution; to undertake advocacy; and to objectively evaluate their progress. Common ground and community engagement become the bedrock for shared and sustainable solutions and contributes to the collective impact.

Through grassroots action, the DentaQuest Partnership and its partners are creating sustainable, healthy communities that:

  • Believe oral health is critical to overall health and well-being,
  • Embrace effective preventive interventions, and
  • Make prevention and dental treatment available to all.

Community Response Fund

As we approach 2020, we are intentionally focused on supporting our existing grantees and the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN) to reach the goals and targets laid out in our Oral Health 2020 strategy to improve the oral health of all, and have limited grant funding available for new projects. However, while primarily focused on these investments, DentaQuest Partnership understands that there are times when community programs require resources to meet the immediate needs of those suffering from poor oral health. To address those needs, the Community Response Fund supports small, one-time grants that address access to oral health care. The focus is to support programs, activities and events that:

  • respond to an urgent issue that impacts access to clinical care
  • provide short term access to needed care for the underserved
  • sustain organizations through short term challenges
  • A limited number of program concepts that provide longer term solutions or essential services for particularly underserved populations will also be considered.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The DentaQuest Partnership makes grants to a variety of organizations that are engaged in improving oral health. 
  • Applicants must have 501(c)3 non profit status.


  • The Partnership does not make grants directly to individuals and does not support capital expenses, operating expenses, direct service, mobile vans or payments for procedures.