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How To Apply

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

The ADA Foundation only accepts applications for the below programs. Please see the information below for eligibility requirements.

Charitable Assistance 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 Guidelines for complete information.

Dollar Amount and Number of Grants: Varies.

E. "Bud" Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award

Purpose: The ADA Foundation E. "Bud" Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award annually highlights significant dental student outreach to vulnerable communities within the U.S.

Application Period: The last Friday in August (RFA open) through the first Friday in November (application deadline).

To Apply: Apply online (use this worksheet to prepare). You will be taken to a third party website to complete the application.

Eligibility Requirements: Dental student groups enrolled in a predoctoral dental education program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, which are involved in an outreach program to vulnerable communities within the U.S. The ADA Foundation accepts one application from each dental school.

Dollar Amount and Number of Awards: Multiple awards of $5,000 - $20,000, depending on the number of applicants, will be made to a dental school/college in honor of the outreach program. Award funds must be expressly used to enhance student service learning and outreach to underserved populations.

Please see rules, criteria and/or guidelines for each particular grant for complete information. Questions? Contact Tracey Schilligo, Manager, Professional Programs at 312.440.2763.