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ADAF grant program rewards those who provide access to care, dental homes

May 05, 2016 ADA Foundation logo
The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for its Semi-annual Grants Program: Access to Care.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time on July 29.

The Foundation supports U.S.-based organizations whose charitable activities within or without the United States provide access to care and dental homes to the underserved. Access to care is one of the four pillars of the Foundation.

The program has changed this year, with the focus now on the dental home element. The Foundation, according to its application, defines the dental home as “the ongoing relationship between the dentist who is the primary dental care provider and the patient, which includes comprehensive oral health care, beginning before age one, and continuing throughout the patient’s lifetime, with appropriate referral as necessary.”

Photo of Dr. David Collier at the Northern Dental Access Center in Bemidji, Minnesota
Success: Pediatric dentist Dr. David Collier gives a thumbs-up after a postoperative checkup at the Northern Dental Access Center in Bemidji, Minnesota. The center received a $10,000 grant from the ADA Foundation in 2015 as part of the Foundation’s Semi-annual Grants Program: Access to Care.
“The focus of this year’s access to care grants is to encourage and prioritize the inclusion of a dental home element in existing charitable oral health programs that have a track record of successfully providing care to underserved populations,” said Dr. Reneida Reyes, president, ADA Foundation. “Through these grants, the ADA Foundation is prioritizing continuity of care for the underserved.”

Grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded.

In 2015, the awardees were Assistance League of San Pedro-South Bay, San Pedro, California; Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation, Phoenix; Dental Care in Your Home, Albuquerque, New Mexico; First Health of the Carolinas Dental Care Center, Southern Pines, North Carolina; Florida Dental Association Foundation, Tallahassee, Florida; Mission Lexington, Lexington, Kentucky; Northern Dental Access Center, Bemidji, Minnesota; Partnership Health Center, Missoula, Montana; University of Alabama at Birmingham/Fair Haven Oral Health Center, Birmingham, Alabama; Watts Healthcare, Los Angeles; Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

All grant applications must be submitted online. To apply, visit

Questions? Contact Tracey Schilligo, grants manager, at or 1-312-440-2763.