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Join the ADA Foundation in our efforts to improve the public’s oral health.

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How To Apply

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

The ADA Foundation provides more than $2,000,000 in grants, awards, scholarships, and facilitated in-kind product donation through its various programs each year.

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

Relief Grant Program*
The ADAF Relief 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.

Emergency Disaster Assistance Grant Program*
The ADAF Emergency Disaster Assistance Grant Program can provide a small measure of immediate financial assistance to eligible dentists (as defined in these guidelines) who are victims of a disaster.

Emergency Disaster Grants for 501c3 Organizations Providing Dental Care Following a Disaster
This program can support the provision of needed emergency dental care in communities affected by a disaster.

Access to Care

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.

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.

Colgate Dental Students’ Conference on Research
The ADAF's Colgate Dental Students' Conference on Research brings dental students from over 50 dental schools in the U.S. and Canada to the ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland each spring, to raise awareness of the wide-ranging careers available in oral health research.

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.

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. More information will be available in mid-2018.

Questions? Please contact the ADA Foundation at 312.440.2547.

* Recipients are individuals rather than nonprofit organizations.