Call for grant applications


The Borrow Foundation (“the Foundation”) is pleased to announce a new call for grant applications. 

The charity

The Foundation is a UK-based charity, a not-for-profit organisation, registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. 

The use of fluorides for the improvement of oral health was for many years the Foundation’s main focus. Whilst this remains a priority, in recent years, the scope of the work supported by the charity has expanded greatly; the mission being ‘to promote the improvement of oral health, primarily in children, through the prevention of oral diseases’.

The number of countries in which our resources are being applied, and the number of people benefitting from the activities we fund, continues to grow. Previous calls have proved to be a key factor in this expansion, with grants being awarded to leading health agencies, government bodies, academic institutes, dental associations and charities in many parts of the world. Our last call was made in 2019, prior to the pandemic. 

Scope & priorities

We are inviting grant applications for the support of projects that could help achieve the Foundation’s mission. 

We are particularly interested to receive proposals for:

  • The implementation and evaluation of sustainable population-based programmes / projects that are targeted at the areas of greatest need and could help reduce inequalities in oral health, within and between countries.

  • Projects that could influence / inform the review and development of health policy and strategies, including, for example, oral health needs assessments.

  • Research studies that could strengthen the evidence base for the prevention of dental diseases including, for example, clinical trials and population research.

We welcome enquiries regarding other initiatives that could contribute to the improvement of oral health through the prevention of oral diseases. Importantly, we are always open to new and innovative ideas that have potential for significant scientific and / or societal impact.

World Health Assembly: Resolution on oral health (WHA74.5)

Recognising the importance of the work being carried under the WHO global oral health programme, applications that are in line with the recommendations set out in resolution WHA74.5 (31st May 2021) will be viewed favourably.

World Health Assembly: Resolution on oral health (WHA74.5)

Joint / match funding

We will also be pleased to receive applications for joint or match funding.


Given the current uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, the Foundation will be keen to ensure that risks posed by the pandemic are carefully assessed and importantly, projects are viable and can be implemented safely. 

Applying for a grant

The grant application form can be accessed through the following link:

Grant application form

The deadline for grant applications is 1st November 2021.

Applications will be determined, and any grants confirmed, by 31st March 2022 at the latest.

The award of grants by the Foundation is entirely at the discretion of the Foundation.

This call for grant applications and any claim (including non-contractual claims) arising out of it or its subject matter shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

The Borrow Foundation (a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, with registered number 03303900). 


Completed applications should be submitted to: