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Charitable Assistance

Charitable Assistance is one of the four pillars of the ADA Foundation. The other pillars are Access to CareResearch, and Education. The ADA Foundation provides charitable assistance through the following programs:

Relief Grant Program

Purpose: To provide financial assistance to dentists and their dependents who, because of accidental injury, a medical condition, disability or advanced age, are unable to meet basic living expenses. 

Application Period: The application period is open.

Eligibility Requirements: Dentists, their dependents, and former dependents of deceased dentists are eligible to apply for financial aid from the ADA Foundation if an accidental injury, advanced age, physically debilitating illness, or medically-related condition prevents them from gainful employment and results in an inability to be wholly self-sustaining. See Rules and Criteria for complete information.

Dollar Amount and Number of Grants: Varies.

Emergency Disaster Grant Program

The staff of the ADA Foundation and the ADA are deeply saddened whenever a disaster strikes our dentist colleagues, and we will try to help however we can. The ADA Foundation offers an Emergency Disaster Grant Program that may be of assistance in certain situations. As a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, the ADA Foundation's activities are limited to meeting charitable needs as defined by law.

Eligibility Requirements:
Any dentist who is a victim of a disaster at their primary residence may apply to the ADA Foundation for a grant for their personal necessities (see "purpose" below). 

Purpose: To provide a small measure of immediate financial assistance to eligible dentists who are victims of a disaster at their primary residence (as defined in the Emergency Disaster Grant Guidelines and Application, linked below). Emergency grants are to address the following personal needs: food, bottled water, clothing, blankets, medicines and medical supplies, emergency shelter, and toiletries.

Emergency Disaster Grant funds are limited to meeting disaster victims’ most urgent and vital needs immediately following a disaster. Emergency grants are not intended for more long-term needs such as rebuilding homes and buildings or replacing household and personal belongings. Grant funds cannot be used to replace lost income. Emergency Disaster Grant funding is not intended for replacement of dental practice property, dental supplies, staff salary, etc.

To Apply:

Application Period: The application period is open.

Dollar Amount and Number of Grants Available: Grants of up to $2,000 are available. The number of grants is dependent on available funds.

Visit the Disaster Recovery page on, and see the ADA's list of disaster guides and resources.

Emergency Disaster Grants for 501 (c) (3) Organizations Providing Dental Care Following a Disaster

To Apply:

Purpose: To provide needed emergency dental care in communities affected by a disaster (as defined in the Emergency Disaster Grant Guidelines for 501 (c) (3) Organizations, below).

Application Period: The application period is open.

Eligibility Requirements: Any U.S.-based dental-related organization exempt from tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code that provides emergency dental services within the U.S. to victims of a disaster is eligible to apply (see Guidelines for complete information).

Dollar Amount and Number of Grants: Up to $10,000

Please see rules, criteria and/or guidelines for each particular grant for complete information. Questions? Contact the ADA Foundation at 312.440.2547.