Oral Health Access Fund: Call for proposals

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The Oral Health Access Fund (the fund) is a grants and contributions program led by Health Canada, and designed to complement the Canadian Dental Care Plan. The fund aims to expand access to oral health care by supporting projects that reduce or remove non-financial barriers to accessing oral health care for targeted populations. The fund will support projects that:

Targeted populations could include groups such as:

Budget 2023 committed $250 million in funding over 3 years, starting in the 2025 to 26 fiscal year, and $75 million ongoing to establish the fund.

Funding will be delivered through 2 streams:

Stream 1 will support projects submitted by oral health training institutions that aim to address:

Proposals for stream 1 are being accepted from May 13, 2024 to July 31, 2024.

Stream 2 will support projects that aim to improve prevention of oral diseases and access to person-centered oral health care.

Applications (Expression of interest) for stream 2 are being accepted from June 10, 2024 to July 31, 2024.

Available funding

Proposals will be selected through a competitive merit-based process. Our intention is to support many projects across the country.

The total funding available for projects under each stream is:

The amount allocated to each stream after 2028 will be determined at a later date.

The maximum amount that can be requested by most applicants is $5 million per fiscal year per recipient. However, in the case of for-profit organizations applying to Stream 2, funding is limited to $100,000 per project regardless of its duration.

All applicants should keep in mind that although these are the maximum amounts that can be requested, there is limited funding available. Proposals will be selected through a competitive process based on merit. The amount requested to complete the proposed project relative to the strength of its merit will be taken into account; not all projects will receive the maximum amount of funding available.

If we select a proposal for funding, during the negotiation phase we may ask recipients to adjust the budget and scope of a project, if needed.

Applicants may submit proposals for multiple projects, but each proposal must be submitted separately.

We will determine whether to provide funding as a grant or a contribution for selected projects.

Stream 1: Oral health education and training

Who can apply

Accredited and non-accredited Canadian oral health training institutions that are either:

Funding priorities

Funding will be prioritized for projects that relate to training and capacity building. Specifically, funding through this stream will support projects that:

Examples of projects

Possible projects could include:

  • curriculum development for oral health training programs to improve students' knowledge and skills for treating targeted populations
  • professional development opportunities for oral health professionals to develop the knowledge and skills for treating targeted populations
  • internships and partnerships with community-based, government or social service organizations for oral health students to gain experience providing treatment to targeted populations in underserved areas
  • design adaptations to ensure students continue to have access to sufficient hands-on training opportunities that are also accessible to patients.

Eligible expenditures

Examples of eligible expenditures include:

How to apply

There are 3 steps to follow when applying to stream 1:

  1. Read the Stream 1: Oral health education and training applicant guide for details on how to apply.
  2. Download the application form (PDF) and complete it.
  3. Email the completed application form and supporting documents to ohaf-fasb@hc-sc.gc.ca.

Applicants will be notified with our final decision via e-mail once all of the assessments are complete.

Submitting a proposal does not guarantee approval. This is a competitive process. Projects will be selected based on various factors, including innovation, potential reach or impact of the proposed project, number of successful proposals, regional representation and/or availability of funds.

The deadline to submit a proposal is 11:59 pm PDT on July 31, 2024.

Stream 2: Oral health care access and prevention of oral diseases

Who can apply

We accept submissions from:

Ineligible recipients include:

Funding priorities

Funding through this stream will support projects that aim to improve:

Ensure your proposal clearly outlines how your project aligns with one or both of these funding priorities.

Examples of projects

Possible projects could include:

  • adding oral health care service delivery or capacity to community health centres, shelters, or long-term care facilities, such as:
    • oral health service delivery by other professionals, such as nurses or health care aides
    • renovating treatment spaces to allow for easier access for persons with disabilities
  • alternative delivery models to improve access to care, such as:
    • partnerships between oral health service providers and other organizations to bring services to underserved populations, such as rural communities, people experiencing homelessness or persons with disabilities
  • intervention or capacity building to help reduce oral day surgery waitlists for targeted populations
  • resources or curriculum development for non-oral health providers, such as for prevention or screening for referral
  • retrofitting mobile clinics
  • oral health promotion activities, such as:
    • multi-media educational products in a range of settings on topics such as nutrition and oral health
    • making oral hygiene supports available to underserved populations, such as screenings, techniques, referrals, treatment or tools
    • developing and disseminating resources to promote best practices
  • oral disease prevention activities, such as education and awareness campaigns about community water fluoridation

Eligible expenditures

Examples of eligible expenditures include:

How to apply

Proposed projects will be selected through a 2-step solicitation process:

Step 1: Expressions of interest

Applicants will submit the expression of interest form that outlines the proposed project.

Download and complete the expression of interest form (PDF)

Ensure that it is signed and dated by a representative who has legal signing authority for your organization.

Quebec-based applicants

Indicate if your organization is subject to the province's Act Respecting the Ministère du Conseil Exécutif.

Read the act

You can send the completed form to us by email or by post.

The Oral Health Access Fund
Stream 2: Oral Health Care Access and Prevention of Oral Diseases
c/o Health Canada
Mail Stop 0905A
70 Columbine Driveway, Tunney's Pasture
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9

Email: ohaf-fasb@hc-sc.gc.ca

The deadline to submit the expression of interest form is 11:59 pm PDT on July 31, 2024. All forms submitted by mail must be post-marked no later than July 31, 2024.

If you need any accommodations, email the program as soon as possible at ohaf-fasb@hc-sc.gc.ca.

We will review the eligibility and applicability of proposed projects against the following criteria:

Applicants invited to submit full proposals in Fall 2024 (step 2 of the application process) will receive instructions via email on how to do so.

We reserve the right to:

We are under no obligation to enter into a funding agreement as a result of this solicitation process.

Step 2: Invitation to submit a full application

Applicants successful at step 1 will be invited to submit a comprehensive application in Fall 2024. At this step, applicants must submit components detailing their project proposal, including:

Project proposals must build from and align with the expressions of interest forms submitted in step 1 of the process.

Contact us

Contact us with your questions or requests for more information.

Email: ohaf-fasb@hc-sc.gc.ca

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