Emergent and Relief Fund



In 2020, a global pandemic, social injustices, and natural disasters all highlighted the inability of the current health care system, including oral health, to meet the need of historically underserved communities. To this end, the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement established an Emergent and Relief Fund to respond to pervasive and intersectional issues that impact underserved communities disproportionally across the country.  

Systems-wide, a new, multi-dimensional approach is needed that can drive innovation within the “new normal” of dentistry (i.e. teledentistryinfection control) while resourcing the immediate needs for those communities that are suffering disproportionately. 

Within this strategy area, the DentaQuest Partnership seeks to fund two potential areas:  

1. The development of innovative strategies to support the ongoing response, by the oral health field, to transform and meet the needs of consumers within, and beyond the pandemic.
2. The ability of communities and partner organizations to provide immediate relief due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e. community displacement due to a natural disaster). 

All grants, whether to a local, state, or national partner should demonstrate intent towards responding to the needs of historically marginalized communities. Similar to Advancing Equity Through Oral Health, we will be looking for content that demonstrates intent and work related to the above mentioned 5 cross-cutting dimensions (Health and Racial Equity, Social Determinants of Health and Oral Health, Community-Centered Measurement, Internal Learning and Capacity Building, Innovation in Oral Health).

Click here to access our online grants portal, Fluxx

Application Deadlines

The DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement (DentaQuest Partnership) accepts concepts, or 500-word project summaries, from organizations seeking to improve oral health on a rolling basis. These can be submitted at any time using the link below. Concepts are reviewed monthly, and organizations whose work strongly aligns with DentaQuest Partnership’s priority areas will be invited to enter the next stage of the application process: to submit a full proposal. A full proposal is a more comprehensive application, which includes a project narrative, workplan, and budget. This detailed proposal allows applicants to fully describe the proposed scope of work and corresponding steps necessary for implementation.

The proposal review schedule for the year 2021 Grants Strategy is as follows. Proposals will be reviewed monthly from February through July of 2021. There will be two additional proposal review meetings in September and November of 2021, as needed. Deadlines for the monthly proposal review sessions are outlined below, however, are subject to change. Please note that the final deadline for consideration for a grant in 2021 is Thursday, October 28, 2021.

Grant Review Month Proposal Submission Deadline
(N/A for Concepts)
March Friday, March 5
April Friday, April 2
May Friday, April 30
June Tuesday, May 18
July Tuesday, July 13
September Tuesday, August 31
November Thursday, October 28


Once a proposal is submitted, a member of the grants team will follow up with you about the results of the review process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your representative from the grants team or submit an inquiry here.