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Charitable Assistance

Charitable Assistance is one of the four pillars of the ADA Foundation. The other pillars are Access to CareResearch, and Education. 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

The staff of the ADA Foundation and the ADA are deeply saddened whenever a disaster strikes our dentist colleagues, and we will try to help however we can. The ADA Foundation offers an Emergency Disaster Grant Program as described below. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the ADA Foundation's activities are limited to meeting charitable needs as defined by law.

Eligibility Requirements:
Any dentist who is a victim of a disaster may apply to the ADA Foundation for an Emergency Disaster Grant within 60 days of the disaster event. 

Purpose: To provide a small measure of immediate financial assistance to eligible dentists who are victims of a disaster as defined in the Emergency Disaster Grant Guidelines and Application, linked below. Emergency grants are to address the following personal needs: food, bottled water, clothing, blankets, medicines and medical supplies, emergency shelter, and toiletries.

The use of Emergency Disaster Grant funds is limited to meeting disaster victims’ most urgent and vital needs immediately following a disaster. Emergency Disaster Grant funds cannot be used to compensate for property damage (to replace residence or dental practice property, dental supplies, staff salary, etc.). Emergency Disaster Grant funds cannot be used to replace lost income.

Note: 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 $850,000 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

To Apply:

Application Period: The application period is open.

Dollar Amount and Number of Grants Available: The grant award for any applicant may be in an amount of up to Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000). The number of grants is dependent on available funds. See the Emergency Disaster Grant application for further information.

Visit the Disaster Recovery page on, 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

To Apply:

Purpose: To provide needed emergency dental care in communities affected by a disaster (as defined in the Emergency Disaster Grant Guidelines for 501(c)(3) Organizations, below).

Application Period: The application period is open.

Eligibility Requirements: Any U.S.-based dental-related organization exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that provides emergency dental services within the U.S. to victims of a disaster is eligible to apply (see Guidelines for complete information).

Dollar Amount and Number of Grants: Up to $10,000

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