Arcora Foundation strives is to bend the arc of oral health toward equity. Access to clinical services is important but only plays a small role in determining one’s overall health. In addition to developing new access points, efforts must be made at the community level to test new delivery models and address the non-clinical factors impacting health. One tool to assist in this work is Arcora Foundation’s transformational grant making. These grants provide non-profit organizations needed capital funding to not only increase access to dental care but to also operational funding to test innovative oral health delivery strategies and address social determinants of health. An example of a successfully funded project could include a capital grant to expand an existing FQHC dental clinic and an operational grant to hire a community health worker to outreach into a local immigrant community.
Before submitting an LOI for a grant, a potential project must meet these general guidelines.
Geographic Location – Project must meet at least two of the following criteria:
- located in Washington and benefit individuals within Washington
- located in a non-urban community or within a Dental HPSA
- located in a community with unmet dental needs
- located in local impact network (LIN) community
Project Requirements – Project must meet at least two of the following criteria:
- Increase oral health access for high risk populations
- Include innovative strategies to transform oral health care delivery for high risk populations.
- Seek to address one or more social determinants of health
Tax Status – Requests are considered from organizations that fit with current Foundation’s funding priorities interest and have been ruled to be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or similar status. Charitable organizations applying for support must possess the most current IRS documentation reflecting their status or qualification as a tax-exempt entity.
Award Size – Dollar amounts vary by organization and project.
Applicants must submit a LOI to Foundation prior to submitting a grant application. All prospective applicants should contact Chad Lennox at (206) 528-2369 or (800) 572-7835 extension 2369 or firstname.lastname@example.org for LOI criteria.
LOIs must be submitted by January 2nd or July 1st. Funding decisions will be announced in June and December.