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How do I apply for an ADA Foundation grant or award?

The ADA Foundation provides grants, awards, scholarships, and facilitated in-kind product donation through its various programs.

The ADA Foundation does not consider unsolicited grant requests. Instead, the ADA Foundation utilizes a Request for Proposal (RFP) or Request for Applications (RFA) process through which it periodically invites U.S.-based nonprofit organizations to submit an application for grant and award funds in a particular program category.

Below is a list of ADA Foundation grant opportunities, each with a brief description. Click on the section header to learn more about these opportunities.

Charitable Assistance

Charitable Assistance Grant Program*
The ADAF Charitable Assistance Grant Program can 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.

Access to Care

ADA Foundation Senior American Access to Care Grant
The ADA Foundation Senior American Access to Care Grant will provide funding support to provide dental homes/continuity of dental care to underserved senior Americans (age 62 plus).

ADA Foundation Grant for International Volunteer Dental Projects
This grant supports existing international dental volunteer projects lead by U.S.-based nonprofit organizations.

E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award
The ADAF Tarrson Awards highlight significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S. 

Give Kids A Smile® Related Grants
The ADA Foundation oversees the Give Kids A Smile program, including the GKAS Continuity of Care Grants, the GKAS Community Leadership Development Institute, and more. Learn more about Give Kids A Smile.

Access to Oral Health Care for People with Special Needs Grant
This program provides funding to nonprofit organizations that provide oral health services to people with physical and/or mental conditions that prohibit/complicate the provision of dental care in the routine setting.

Research

ADA Foundation Crest and Oral-B Promising Researcher Award
The ADA Foundation Crest and Oral-B Promising Researcher Award promotes and recognizes excellence in oral health research by providing financial assistance for promising researchers to pursue a career in research that advances preventive dentistry.

ADA Foundation Dentsply Sirona Research Award for Dual Degree (D.D.S./Ph.D. or D.M.D./Ph.D.) Candidates

The purpose of the ADA Foundation Dentsply Sirona Research Award for Dual Degree Candidates is to promote and recognize excellence in oral health research by providing financial assistance to dual degree candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in research that advances the oral health of the public.

Education

Dr. David Whiston Leadership Program*
The ADA Foundation annually provides two $5,000 awards - the Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award and the Henry Schein Cares Dr. David Whiston Leadership Award - to deserving individuals who have demonstrated leadership skills in efforts aimed at improving the oral health of the public.

ADA Foundation Dental Student Scholarship Program*
The ADA Foundation provides scholarships to second-year dental students across the U.S. The ADAF awarded seven scholarships valued at $20,000 each in 2018.

Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health The ADA Foundation is reviewing the strategic direction of the Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children's Dental Health Grant Program.

Questions? Please contact the ADA Foundation at 312.440.2547.

* Recipients are individuals rather than nonprofit organizations.