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GKAS National Kickoff Location

Photo of child and two dental team members, smiling and waving 

Hosting the national kickoff of the ADA Foundation's Give Kids A Smile program draws national attention to your GKAS program.

To Apply:  The 2020 Give Kids A Smile Kickoff Event application period is now closed.

Purpose: The Give Kids A Smile’s National Kickoff Event is celebrated annually on the first Friday in February to coincide with National Children’s Dental Health Month. Each year the ADA selects a premier GKAS program to host the National Kickoff Event. Organizations with a proven track record of hosting an exemplary GKAS event may apply during the next application period.

Application period: The 2021 application period will open in April 2020.

Date of the 2020 GKAS National Kickoff Event: February 6-7, 2020

Eligibility Requirements: The ADA accepts applications from individuals representing organizations that provide oral health care for underserved children through a Give Kids A Smile event, including state (constituent) and local (component) dental societies of the ADA and/or community based organizations. Applicants must reside within the 50 U.S. states.

The selected host program must:
• Be a model event that can share best practices and proven tactics for the betterment of other GKAS programs.
• Host the national GKAS kickoff event on the first Friday in February.
• Collaborate with the ADA to plan and host a GKAS National Kickoff Reception on the Thursday evening prior to the GKAS event.
• Openly discuss implementation plans of the GKAS event with the ADA and GKAS sponsors as required leading up to the kickoff event.

Dollar Amount of the Award: The dollar amount of the grant is $15,000 to offset the cost of the reception and other related expenses.

Read about the 2018 GKAS National Kickoff Event at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry (ADA News).
Experience the GKAS kickoff at Nova Southeastern University in 2016 (video).

Questions? Contact the Give Kids A Smile Team at Thank you!