Teaching the basics is about to become more rewarding, according to the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation, which is launching its first Community Oral Health Education Grant opportunity to teach the fundamentals of good oral hygiene: brushing, flossing, and seeing a dentist regularly.
Through April 30, 2021, eligible organizations may apply for grants of up to $30,000 to either support new educational programs or expand existing ones. Initiatives must include at least one of the three focus areas of flossing, brushing, and seeing a dentist regularly. Priority will be given to requests that include all three activities.
“Education is key to everything, including healthy teeth and gums,” said Chrissy Chatham, executive director of the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation.
“The need for oral health education remains high among Arkansans, even though the basics are simple and straightforward. Floss and brush daily and see the dentist for regular checkups. We hope that the new Community Oral Health Education Grants will support programs that teach these habits for healthy teeth that last a lifetime,” Chatham said.
A total of $500,000 will be made available for grants ranging from $2,500 to $30,000. Eligible applicants include Arkansas-based 501(c)3 nonprofits or community organizations, educational facilities, churches, and governmental agencies. Details and the application can be found online.