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ADA Foundation grant program targets Give Kids A Smile continuity of care

October 17, 2016

By David Burger

A new ADA Foundation grant can assist Give Kids A Smile programs in their efforts to provide continuity of care following the initial GKAS event visit.

The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for its new Give Kids A Smile Continuity of Care grants program through Nov. 11.

These grants will assist GKAS programs that offer continuity of dental care to underserved children after their initial GKAS visit, because a goal of any GKAS program is to establish a process by which a child can get continued care over several years.

The Foundation defines continuity of care as the ongoing relationship between the dentist who is the primary oral care provider and the patient and his/her parents or guardians. This continuity of care approach includes comprehensive oral care, commencing before age 1, and continuing throughout the patient’s lifetime, with appropriate referral as necessary, and involving other care providers such as school nurses, pediatricians and others.

The grants offer financial assistance only to GKAS programs that have registered through the Foundation’s GKAS sign-up system to conduct a GKAS event in 2017, and which are identified as IRS 501(c) (3) organizations.

The Foundation will award up to a total of $50,000 in GKAS Continuity of Care grants in 2017. Each grant awarded will provide funding not to exceed $10,000.

Funds are limited to two types of expenditures item, both of which must have a clear, direct impact on oral care and a direct link to providing continuity of dental care for GKAS participants after the initial GKAS event. The items are:

  • Transportation expenses to ensure that providers and/or underserved children with their caregivers make it to and from the appropriate location for continued oral care.
  • Dental supplies to provide continued oral care to underserved children following an initial GKAS event.
This grant program would not be possible without the continued support of CareCredit, the founding donor of the ADA Foundation’s GKAS Fund.  CareCredit has contributed $1 million since the inception of the GKAS Fund in 2007.

“As CareCredit approaches its 30th Anniversary, and Give Kids A Smile’s 15th Anniversary is in 2017, we have primarily focused our funding on oral health treatment, education and screenings for underserved children beyond the GKAS national kickoff day in February,” said Cindy Hearn, senior vice president at CareCredit. “At CareCredit, we are eager to help take our participation to a level that will assist GKAS programs offering continuity of care after the child’s initial GKAS visit, enabling more comprehensive care.”

The grant application can be accessed by visiting

To sign up a GKAS program, visit Programs that register before Nov. 7 may be eligible to receive donated dental product for their charitable program including Henry Schein Dental product kits, which include masks, gloves, prophy paste, fluoride varnish, toothbrushes, toothpastes, plastic bags with the GKAS logo, oral health education cards and new for 2017, dental sealants; or Colgate consumer dental product kits which include toothbrushes, toothpastes, plastic bags with the GKAS logo and oral health education cards.