Grant & Loan Information

Clinical Dental Education Innovations

The Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) Fund supports innovative clinical training for dental professionals and programs that increase access to dental care for underserved populations through grant funding. The Commissioner of Health awards the grants on a competitive basis to qualified applicants.

Eligible applicants for these grants include sponsoring institutions, training sites or consortia that provide clinical education to dental professionals: dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and/or dental assistants. Applicants must be affiliated with a training program that is accredited by an organization that meets MERC accreditation requirements as described in Minnesota Statutes 62J.692, and training sites must have a currently valid Medicaid Identification Number at the time of application and throughout the term of the grant. 

Application/Award Process

The Clinical Dental Education Innovations Fund operates on an annual funding cycle, with a Request for Proposal (RFP) posted in spring and proposals selected roughly two months later. A review committee, consisting of experts on the dental workforce and on broader health policy issues along with representatives of the dental professions, reviews all qualifying proposals and makes recommendations to the Commissioner of Health for grant awards.

The Medical Education and Research Costs (MERC) Fund supports innovative clinical training for dental professionals and programs that increase access to dental care for underserved populations through grant funding. The Commissioner of Health awards the grants on a competitive basis to qualified applicants.  

Supplemental Request for Proposals for FY 2019 Clinical Dental Education Innovations Grant

New applicants and existing applicants are eligible to request funding up to $175,000.  If you are a new applicant submit the full application and existing applicants can request additional funding by submitting a revised application, work plan and updated budget.   Eligible applicants include institutions that sponsor accredited clinical dental education programs, institutions that sponsor or are developing interdisciplinary clinical training programs that include accredited dental education, clinical training sites that host dental professional students and are currently enrolled as active Medicaid providers, or consortia consisting of members of one or both groups. 

To be considered for this funding opportunity, applications must be received by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the Minnesota Department of Health, 85 East Seventh Place, Suite 220, St. Paul, MN. 55101, and Attention: Keisha Shaw. Late proposals will not be considered.

For more information contact Keisha Shaw at (651) 201-3860, email: will.wilson@state.mn.us

FY2019 Program

  • Not open for applications at this time.
  • Estimated grant period: July 2018 through December 2019.

FY2019 Application material

Past Grant Awards

Grantee organizations work to expand dental access around the state, working with communities that have faced multiple barriers to dental access, including language, cultural and financial or insurance barriers. This table summarizes awards. 

Dental Innovation Grants FY2018  
Grantee City
Northern Dental Access Bemidji
Apple Tree Dental Coon Rapids
Open Door Health Mankato
Community Dental Care Maplewood
Children's Dental Services Minneapolis
Hennepin County Medical Minneapolis
Regents of U of M Minneapolis
Regents of U of M-CUHCC Minneapolis
Southside Community Minneapolis
Native American Community Clinic Minneapolis

 

Dental Innovation Grants FY2017  
Grantee City
Northern Dental Access Bemidji
Apple Tree Dental Coon Rapids
Open Door Health Center Mankato
Community Dental Care Maplewood
Children's Dental Services Minneapolis
Hennepin County Medical Minneapolis
U of M-CUHCC Minneapolis
University of Minnesota Minneapolis

 

Dental Innovation Grants FY2016  
Grantee City
Northern Dental Access Bemidji
Open Door Health Center Mankato
Community Dental Maplewood
Apple Tree Dental Minneapolis
Children's Dental Services Minneapolis
HCMC Minneapolis
U of M-Dentistry School Minneapolis
U of M-CUHCC Minneapolis

For more information, contact:
Will Wilson
will.wilson@state.mn.us
651-201-3842

 

Updated Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 04:48PM