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Emergency Disaster Grants

Photo of people guiding a rescue boat in the flood during Tropical Storm Harvey 

ADA Foundation Emergency Disaster Grants

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, which provides up to $2,000 of immediate financial assistance to dentists who are victims of a disaster. These grants are available to any dentist who is a victim of a disaster, including Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent tropical storm, to help address immediate emergency personal needs such as food, bottled water, clothing, blankets, medicines and medical supplies, emergency shelter, toiletries, and similar.*

ADA membership is not a requirement for grant eligibility. As a 501(c)(3) public charity, the ADA Foundation cannot legally limit its charitable activities to dues-paying members. We hope that receiving a grant from the ADA Foundation will help all dentists feel the power of organized dentistry, and help them know that their colleagues are here to support them in their time of need.

Additionally, the ADA Foundation provides Emergency Disaster Grants for 501(c)(3) Organizations Providing Dental Care Following a Disaster of up to $10,000. The purpose of these grants is to help nonprofit organizations provide needed emergency dental care in communities affected by a disaster.

You can also find additional disaster recovery resources on

Dentists who are victims of a disaster may apply for an Emergency Disaster Grant here:

Note: Due to the unique and widespread nature of recent disasters and the resulting unprecedented need, the Emergency Disaster Grants Program is currently on hold as we continue to raise funds so that we may help as many people as possible. Incoming applications will be held and processed as funds become available. We will contact applicants with updates as information becomes available. If you have questions please contact us at Thank you for your patience.


Those who wish to help their dentist colleagues who have been affected by a disaster may donate to the ADA Foundation, so that we may provide assistance to as many dentists as possible.

100% of donations made to support the ADA Foundation's Emergency Disaster Grant Program will be used to support dentists who are affected by a disaster.**


Thank you for your support.

*Emergency Disaster Grant funds cannot be used to compensate for property damage (to replace residence or dental practice property, dental supplies, staff salary, etc.), nor can they be used to replace lost income.

**Funds donated to the ADA Foundation Emergency Disaster Grant Program that are not distributed during the current disaster will be held and used to support dentists affected by future disasters.