Call for Applications



Dentistry is undergoing rapid change — the impacts of COVID-19 and the emergence and adoption of new care delivery models have elevated opportunities to fundamentally re-orient the oral health care system for better value and greater equity. Under the current system, misallocations of both workforce and care have led to, and deepened, inequities in oral health care access and outcomes, particularly among rural and low-income populations and other historically marginalized groups. Innovations in preventive, non-surgical treatment have been found to lead to better outcomes, improve patient experience, and lower cost, yet there are many barriers to uptake.


Learning Opportunity & Available Funding

This learning opportunity aims to develop and support a network of clinical and administrative leaders to implement evidence-based improvements to their care delivery and administrative models focused on teledentistry, minimally invasive care, and integrated and personalized care. These changes are designed to advance an oral health care system that prioritizes prevention, is value-based, and promotes whole-person oral health care. The learning collaborative activities will be oriented to support the increased adoption of practices reflected in the three-domain framework.

Participation Support: A sponsorship of $20,000 per clinic is available to support the participation of clinical and administrative staff in learning and quality improvement activities, including face-to-face activities and virtual convenings, ongoing coaching, data collection, and quality and practice improvement activities.

Innovation Grants: Small grants will be available to support expenses such as technology and equipment upgrades or portions of staff positions that directly support innovation and the implementation of the three-domain framework. Innovation grants up to $50,000 per clinic will be available by application for local health departments and 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinics.



This opportunity is specifically designed for safety-net clinics (up to 12 will be included) with an established dental practice and a limited number of private practices (up to two will be included). All participating clinics must have a minimum payer mix of 15% Medicaid/NC Health Choice.

Additional eligibility considerations:


  • A local health department, community-based nonprofit organization that is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or private practice with a payer mix of 15 % or greater Medicaid/NC Health Choice.
  • A minimum of three operatories.
  • Provide comprehensive care.
  • Use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) – preferred EHRs are: Open Dental, Eaglesoft, Epic, and Dentrix.



Deadline or Activity Date(s)
Funding opportunity opens May 3, 2022
Applicant webinar (will be recorded) May 10, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Proposal submissions due June 2, 2022, 5:00 p.m.
Applicant decisions June 26, 2022
Virtual kick-off July 15, 2022, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.



A webinar will be hosted on May 10, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to discuss the opportunity and answer prospective applicants' questions.


Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled Frequently Asked Questions to further assist prospective applicants.


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Please note, you must complete and submit the survey in one sitting. We recommend you review the question list and answer the questions in a word document and then copy and paste your answers into the survey itself when you are ready to submit. You will not receive a copy of your survey responses.