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Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children accepting grant applications

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is now accepting applications for its 2014 Access to Care Grants.

These single-year $20,000 grants are a part of the HSHC's national effort to support community-based initiatives providing dental homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care. 

HSHC funds may be applied to cover costs of dental care; clinic supplies and instruments; patient/parent/caregiver education materials; take-home supplies like toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.; education and/or outreach to recruit dentist participation in program activities; or other activities with clear, direct impact on child oral care.

HSHC will give special consideration to programs that have demonstrated success and have potential for replication in other communities, as well as initiatives that have illustrated collaboration with other institutions and organizations.  

Grants must be expended within 12 months of award.

Guidelines and application instructions are available here. Applications are due Aug. 1. For more information, contact Tracey Schilligo, grant and corporate relations manager, at 1-312-337-2169 or tschilligo@aapd.org.