Apply for the Oral Health Community Challenge Fund - now closed

Information for third sector organisations on how to apply for funding to run oral health projects in deprived areas.

Eligible activities

To be eligible for funding, your project should focus on activities which will:

  • deliver infant oral health projects that meet the needs of the disadvantaged community and promote wider family involvement
  • bring the community in and deliver oral and wider health improvement messages in an accessible way that is inclusive to all
  • promote infant oral health and measures that can be taken by families to ensure that they have the necessary information to maintain good oral hygiene

We will consider funding:

  • staff costs
  • volunteer costs
  • venue hire
  • promotional materials
  • childcare
  • inclusive communication
  • proportion towards overheads capped at 15% of total project costs

Projects may link to a range of health initiatives such as local food cooperatives, cooking skills development, breast and infant feeding support. They may also link with wider social factors such as welfare benefit support, physical activity and child obesity.

What we will not fund

We will not support projects that are primarily about tooth brushing or which replicate existing dental interventions.

Other things we will not fund are:

  • trustees' expenses
  • capital projects (e.g. building purchase, works and refurbishment or ICT infrasructure)
  • attendance at non-outcome related conferences (UK or abroad)
  • trips abroad
  • repayment of loans or debts
  • continuation of established projects or schemes
  • activities promoting a religion or political party
  • items or services that only benefit an individual
  • activities that will take place outwith the funding period
  • core organisation costs


For enquiries, contact Elizabeth McLear on:
Tel: 0131 244 1817

Application forms should not be sent to this mailbox but to:

Chief Dental Officer and Dentistry Division
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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