Oral Health Community Challenge Fund

Small to medium-sized third sector organisations working in areas of multiple deprivation from Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to bid for a share of £2.5million from the Scottish Government to reduce oral health inequalities.

Grants between £7000 and £30,000 per annum for up to two years and nine months are now available.

The Community Challenge Fund is to allow the third sector organisations to cut oral health inequalities and support better early years oral health, which in turn will support existing measures to reduce the number of young children having a general anaesthetic for tooth extraction.

Applicants must contribute to one of the following fund outcomes: Improve infant oral health; Reduce oral health inequalities amongst people most at risk; Increase opportunities for people to improve oral health and well-being.

The fund is open and competitive for third sector organisations (voluntary organisations or community groups) whose Board of Trustees or Management Committee are predominately volunteers.

Organisations do not need to be registered charities, although their constitution/set of rules should make clear that funds will only be spent on purposes established in the constitution, and not distributed amongst members;

Public bodies and partnerships where the lead partner is a third sector organisation can also apply.

In 2019/20, projects are eligible for nine months of the annual limits. Applications for any combination of years will be considered.

Organisations can apply for costs directly related to delivery of their project, for example equipment, venue hire, child care costs, essential staff costs, publicity materials, training, travel, contribution to overheads etc.

The fund will support new activities and expansion of existing activities.

The funded activities should take place within the funding period July 1 this year to March 31 2022.

Application and guidance notes, including full details of eligibility and how to apply for the grant, can be accessed from the Scottish Government website at https://www.gov.scot/publications/oral-health-community-challenge-fund

The deadline for applications is midday on Thursday March 21.