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Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities


Additional Links

Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: Mar 12, 2018

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)


Provides funding to states to develop and implement programs to address the oral health workforce needs in Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (Dental HPSAs) and increase access to oral health services, including for rural communities.

Funds may be used for:

  • Activities and projects to enhance dental recruitment and retention
  • Offering grants and low- or no-interest loans to dentists participating in the Medicaid program to support dental practices in Dental HPSAs
  • Implementing or expanding dental residency programs in states without dental schools through collaborations with accredited dental training institutions
  • Consulting with state and local dental societies to develop programs designed to establish or extend oral health services and facilities in Dental HPSAs
  • Placement and assistance for dental students, dental residents, and advanced dentistry trainees
  • Continuing dental education, such as distance-based learning
  • Teledentistry
  • Community-based prevention services
  • Coordination with local educational agencies within the state to foster programs that promote children going into oral health or science professions
  • Developing faculty recruitment programs at accredited dental training institutions whose mission includes community outreach and service and have a demonstrated record of serving underserved states
  • Creating a state dental officer position or augmenting a state dental office to coordinate oral health and access challenges throughout the state
  • Dental workforce programs to address risk factors associated with childhood obesity and dental caries
  • Dental workforce programs to address opioid abuse by improving best practices for pain management and/or increasing access to treatment and recovery services such as clinical training of oral health providers in the identification and treatment of individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs)

Rural is defined as any geographical area that includes all non-metro counties. To determine whether a county or specific address is designated as rural for this funding opportunity, use the 2010 rural-urban commuting area (RUCA) codes.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $400,000 per year
Project period: 4 years
Estimated number of awards: 23
Estimated total annual program funding: $9,200,000

Applicants must provide matching funds of at least 40% of total project expenses.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are limited to governor-appointed, state government entities, such as the office of the state's dental director or a state-run university or dental school. Applicants include:

  • All 50 U.S. States
  • District of Columbia
  • Guam
  • The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • The Northern Mariana Islands
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • American Samoa
  • The Federated States of Micronesia
  • The Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • The Republic of Palau

Private institutions are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity.

States are encouraged to work with tribal entities to facilitate greater consultation and coordination between state and tribal governments.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other relevant information can be found in the funding announcement.


For additional information or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues:
Carolyn J. Cobb

Vincent Woodard

For programmatic or technical questions:
Thomas Vallin, MPH

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce • Opioids • Pain Management and Opioid Prescribing • Parents, Families, and Children • Prevention • Substance Use Disorder • Teleservices and Technology