STEP 1 : Establish a relationship with the funder. Building
a relationship with a funder is a great way to establish compatibility
with the grant seeker and the funder before a proposal is even
written. Once this is confirmed via e-mail inquiry, meeting, or
phone conversation stating the program plan, communication is
continuous throughout the process.
STEP 2 : Begin the grant process.
5 First, identify a community
and an unmet need and scope to be addressed. Determine if needs
within the community are being met by other organizations. Then,
develop a clear plan that meets all the needs, goals, and objectives;
such a plan can greatly aid in the development of a proposal. Develop
project cost estimates and determine funding for initial start-up
and continuing operations. Match the budget with the goals and
objectives, and know your budgetary limitations.
Research funders to submit the grant proposal to, and begin to
build a relationship with them. Write a specific, clear proposal
tailored to each potential funder that supports activities consistent
with the mission of the grant agency.
STEP 3 : Write the proposal. The proposal should include a
cover letter; a summary of proposal; a statement of need (i.e., the
main focus or problem to be addressed); organizational background;
goals and objectives; a description of program and services that will
achieve the goal and objectives for the organization; an evaluation
that assesses the program; strategies for additional funding after the
grant’s term is up; and a program budget with a timeline.
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writing process is long, detailed, and can be
extremely daunting. It is an extension of the
academic environment that competes for the
highest level of recognition and achievement.
With perseverance, the grant-writing process
will become more familiar, and the task will seem
far less daunting. All efforts put forth will be
worthwhile when one receives an award that will
address an important or crucial demand in a
community or underserved population. RDH
long as six months from the time a grant proposal
is submitted to the time an organization learns
whether it has been funded. Then, if an organization is awarded a grant, it might take up to
another few weeks before funding is received.
A well-written, detailed proposal, leaving
nothing to chance and specifically following the
grant’s guidelines precisely, will grab the attention
of the funder. The more detailed, the better the
chances of being awarded the grant. The grant-
• Illustrate that oral health education is
one element of the project.
• Show that these activities enhance the
public view of the professional role dental
hygienists play in health improvement.”
Recipients will receive an award of $2,500-
5,000 per grantee.
The Research Grant Program supports ad-
vancements in the dental hygiene profession
through professional education and develop-
ment, qualitative and quantitative research,
health services research, health promotion
and disease prevention, clinical dental hygiene
care, and occupational and health safety.
Community service grants—Oral health
community service grants provide low- or no-
cost oral hygiene care and education to under-
served and at-risk populations. These service
grants are designed to legitimize dental hygien-
ists to improve the oral health of these under-
served populations and communities, imple-
ment community health projects, and respond
to their oral health needs and concerns.
Foundation grants—Foundation grants
are the most fundamental and paramount
source of funding to all nonprofit organizations.
Compared to other sources of revenue, foundation grants are the most economical and
produce the most accolades, yet they do bring
forth some expenses, including consulting time
and research, budgeting, program planning,
and staff expenses.
To begin the process of attaining a grant
for an organization, there are many compo-
nents that need to be considered first.
• Research and find a nonprofit organization. This can be accomplished via the
organization’s website, calling to speak
with staff or leaders, or both.
• Does the organization have long-standing
goals, a mission and a purpose?
• Does the organization have concrete
• Does the organization have the fundamental staff and leadership to convey its
declared goals and objectives?
• Is the organization prepared to track,
provide reports, train staff, evaluate the
program, disperse funds as affirmed,
communicate with funders, and meet all
grant expectations and requirements?
If a foundation meets all of these stipulations,
then the applicant can begin the grant process.