Oral Health Communtiy Challenge Fund

Small to medium-sized third sector organisations working in areas of multiple deprivation can now bid for £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 enable 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.

Applicants are expected to focus on initiatives that 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 manner that is inclusive to all; or 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.

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 funding programme will support different types of interventions to tackle oral health inequalities and improvement in oral health and wellbeing, with a focus on pre nursery children, their families/ carers, expectant mothers and their wider community.

The Scottish Government expects the projects to introduce positive lifestyle choices, which can affect oral health and wellbeing. Projects may link to a range of health initiatives such as local food cooperatives, cooking skills development, breast and infant feeding support or link with wider social factors such as welfare benefit support, physical activity and child obesity.

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.

For enquiries contact the Chief Dental Officer and Dentistry Division by email ccfenquiries@gov.scot or phone Elizabeth McLear on 0131 244 1817 or Scottish Government Directorate for Population Health, Chief Dental Officer and Dentistry Division, 1 East Rear, St Andrews House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG.