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Fluoridation Assistance Program

Making fluoridated water available to Ohioans is the single most important step a community can take to improve the dental health of its residents. This effective, economical, legal and safe public health measure can be implemented at minimal cost through the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) Fluoridation Assistance Program (FAP).

The purpose of the FAP is to provide financial and technical assistance to communities, enabling them to fluoridate their water systems to the optimum level necessary to prevent dental disease. The FAP assists public water supply systems by reimbursing a portion of the cost to purchase new or replacement fluoridation equipment and/or supplies. The program is funded through the generous support of the Delta Dental Foundation.

The ODH is not currently accepting applications for the FAP. However, we expect funding for this program to become available sometime in 2018.

The following guidelines shall be used to determine the level of reimbursement to be made: 

Initial or Replacement Equipment


Reimbursement Level

                                                                                      Initial Installation of Fluoridation System (systems which have not previously fluoridated)


May include a portion of  fluoride compound for
year 1

Replacement Equipment

1,000 - 5,000


5,001 - 15,000


15,001 - 25,000


25,001 – 50,000


Over 50,000


Assistance will be provided to water plants in the following order, subject to availability of funds:

  1. Newly fluoridating systems
  2. Replacement equipment for small systems (1,000-15,000 consumers)
  3. Replacement equipment for medium-sized systems (15,000-50,000 consumers)
  4. Replacement equipment for large systems (over 50,000 consumers)

The Fluoridation Assistance Program will not provide reimbursement for capital costs; taxes; freight, shipping and handling; or redundant systems (i.e., back-up equipment).

To apply, submit a letter requesting financial assistance accompanied by detailed quotes/ estimates from suppliers. After review, applicants will receive a letter from the ODH indicating the level and dollar amount of available assistance. Following equipment purchase and installation, invoices must be submitted to initiate payment. Interested communities should review the complete packet containing program guidelines and application materials. If you have any further questions, please contact Barbara Carnahan, Oral Health Program, at 614/728-2838 or via email at

Last Updated: 7/9/2018