Specialty Dental Clinic Grant Program

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It is intended to provide grants to eligible entities for the purpose of increasing access to oral health care for special health care needs populations through the development and expansion of specialty dental clinics in California.


On June 30, 2022, the Specialty Dental Clinic Grant Program (Dental Program) was chaptered into law through the annual Budget Act of 2022 (Section 47, Chapter 45, Statutes of 2022), authorizing the California Health Facilities Financing Authority, using an appropriation of $25 million, to provide grants to eligible entities. On June 27, 2023, the Dental Program was allocated an additional $25 million through the passing of the annual Budget Act of 2023 (Section 2.00, Chapter 12, Statues of 2023), bringing the cumulative amount to $50 million in total available funding for the Dental Program. The Dental Program aims to support special health care needs populations by increasing timely access, reducing geographic shortages, increasing equity, and supporting quality of care, while also encouraging prevention services, early intervention, behavior support service and intervention, provider education, and community outreach activities that bring care to community sites. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, primary care clinics, specialty clinics, community clinics, free clinics, surgical clinics, acute care hospitals, intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled, special hospitals, providers that are licensed with the medical or dental board of California, and dental colleges. Eligible applicants must be enrolled and certified as a provider with the Medi-Cal program. The complete application is available online and there is $47,500,000.00 available in funding. Please note that no grant may exceed $5 million per individual grantee. A link to the online application is located on the Specialty Dental Clinic Grant Program page of CHFFA's website which is also linked on the Grant Portal page.

The deadline to apply for the first funding round is TBD

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
Summer 2025
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$1 – $5,000,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State
The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

For advances: Submit all requested project documents, funds may only be advanced up to the total contracted/invoiced amount of costs associated with the project, eligible for no more than 1 disbursement every 90 days until the total amount of the awarded Grant is disbursed, subsequent disbursements will be made once proof of expenses covering the total amount of the previous advanced funds, copies of bank statements where the funds were deposited

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Sondra Jacobs, 1-916-653-2799, sondra.jacobs@treasurer.ca.gov