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Charitable Assistance

The ADA Foundation provides charitable assistance to dentists in the form of Emergency Disaster Assistance Grants, and to dentists and members of their immediate family in the form of Relief Grants. It also provides Emergency Disaster Assistance Grants to 501(c)(3) organizations delivering care following a disaster. Please read the grant guidelines and application for each grant for complete information.

Charitable Assistance is one of the four pillars of the ADA Foundation. The other pillars are Access to CareResearch, and Education.

Semi-annual Invitational Grants: Visit the "How to Apply" page for information on these grants.

Emergency Disaster Grant Program

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

Application Period: The application period is open.

Eligibility Requirements: Any dentist who is a victim of a disaster may apply to the ADA Foundation for a grant (see Guidelines for complete information).

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

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

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: Varies

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.

Please see rules, criteria and/or guidelines for each particular grant for complete information.