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Charitable Assistance

The ADA Foundation provides charitable assistance through the following programs:

Relief 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 Criteria for complete information.

Dollar Amount and Number of Grants: Varies.

Emergency Disaster Grant Program

Note: The ADA Foundation is not currently accepting applications for the Emergency Disaster Grant Program, as funds have been depleted. Check this page periodically for updated information.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irene, and Maria caused unique and widespread disasters in the southern U.S., including Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The ADA Foundation has committed more than $930,000 in Emergency Disaster Grant funds to dentists affected by these disasters and to the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine. This amount is more than 20 times the ADAF’s average Emergency Disaster Grant distribution from 2014-2016. ADA Foundation and ADA staff, volunteers, and donors have made a monumental effort to provide emergency assistance to affected dentists, whether or not they are an ADA member. The ADA Foundation’s many, ongoing fund raising activities have simply been unable to keep up with the overwhelming number of requests.

For the past four months the ADA Foundation has been dedicated to helping as many affected dentists as possible through its Emergency Disaster Grant Program, but as of December 6, 2017 all available funding has been distributed. Unfortunately, the ADA Foundation cannot provide any additional grants related to these disasters.

Those of you affected by these disasters remain in our thoughts and we wish you the best of luck in your recovery process. If you have questions please contact us at adaf@ada.org.

Visit the Disaster Recovery page on ADA.org, and see the ADA's list of disaster guides and resources.

Emergency Disaster Grants for 501(c)(3) Organizations Providing Dental Care Following a Disaster

The ADA Foundation is not currently accepting applications for the Emergency Disaster Grant Program, as funds have been depleted. Check this page periodically for updated information. Thank you.


Please see rules, criteria and/or guidelines for each particular grant for complete information. Questions? Contact the ADA Foundation at 312.440.2547.