Grassroots Engagement Initiative
Originally, the DentaQuest Foundation’s grantmaking strategy focused on engaging partners at the national (“grasstops”) and state (“grassmiddles”) levels. As this network of committed partners grew and impact was seen across the country, it became clear that a critical voice at a third level of network is critical to the continued success of the Oral Health 2020 movement.
The Grassroots Engagement Initiative now seeks to engage those most directly impacted by oral health inequity. Grassroots grantees are funded with the goal of lifting up the needs and values of populations at the local, grassroots level. These organizations come from six states (Arizona, California, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) with partnerships and infrastructure already in place that could provide support these new allies.
The 20 community-based organizations participating in this initiative range from direct service providers to advocacy organizations, and are active in the pursuit of social justice for a diverse number of populations. They have integrated oral health into their existing outreach agenda and work to improve the public perception of oral health within their communities.
For more information on the Grassroots Engagement Initiative, please read our 2019 report, Engaging Grassroots: Intentionally Building Community Power to Drive Oral Health Systems Change.
2020 Requests for Proposals
Through the Building Community Power 2020 RFP, the DentaQuest Partnership seeks to partner with communities, and their trusted representatives, that have a disproportionately high stake in not only seeing the current oral health system evolve, but in actively participating in its progress as change agents and leaders. The purpose of this initiative is to support advocacy capacity and power-building in these communities and increase their share of voice in the oral health system, at the local, state, and/or national levels; and policy-change conversations. Awardees will also play a supportive role in strategically advising the DentaQuest Partnership about how to center community voice across work happening in its three focus areas.