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Address Disparities in Oral Health

Advancing Equity Through Oral Health Fund

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CareQuest Institute for Oral Health

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations for activities that address disparities in oral health care, access, and outcomes. Funding is intended to promote health equity, innovation in oral health, oral health value-based care, community-centered data strategies, and learning and capacity building.

In 2021, CareQuest Institute will implement a robust grantmaking portfolio that aligns with strategies that will equitably advance systems change at the local, state, and national level. CareQuest Institute will leverage the capacity built, infrastructure maintained, strategic partnerships, and an intentional approach to include new perspectives to drive innovative change in health and oral health across the country.

Use of grant funds under the Advancing Equity portfolio may include project staff salaries, subgrants to partner organizations, consultant fees, data collection and analysis, meetings, supplies, activities related to fundraising and development, project-related travel, and other direct project expenses. 

CareQuest Institute is driving oral health transformation through a multi-year grantmaking fund that supports efforts to erase unjust disparities across oral health access, treatment, and outcomes. Funding is driven by four goals that are critical to advancing health equity.​​

  • Drive federal oral health policy
  • Strengthen community voice & state advocacy
  • Spread learning models to the broader safety net
  • Support the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN)
CareQuest Institue pursues investment opportunities that drive progress in these 5 areas:​
  • Health & Racial Equity: funding initiatives that account for, contextualize and address historic imbalances in power, representation, infrastructure and outcomes within all systems.​
  • Social Determinants of Health: providing grants to organizations working to advance structural changes that align care, community, and policies in a way that address social risk factors and enable oral health value-based care. ​
  • Community-Centered Measurement: investing in community-centered data strategies that can influence policy and compel systems change.​
  • Learning & Capacity Building: strengthening the ability of our partners to drive systemic change by funding multi-lateral learning efforts.​
  • Innovation in Oral Health: supporting oral health care delivery innovations that reduce inequities and increase parity in access and outcomes.​

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GrantWatch ID#: 160048

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CareQuest Institute seeks to fund 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States and US territories.

CareQuest Institute does not make grants directly to individuals and does not support capital expenses, direct service, mobile vans or payments for procedures.

Grant funds, including subgrants, may not be used for direct service.

Pre-Application Information:

New partners are asked to submit a concept paper prior to submitting a full proposal. Concepts will be reviewed monthly until July of 2021, September 2021 and November 2021.

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: July; Proposal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, July 13
- Grant Review Month: September; Proposal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, August 31
- Grant Review Month: November; Proposal Submission Deadline: Thursday, October 28

There are two phases of the grant application process:
Phase 1: Concept
Phase 2: Full Proposal

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