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Access to Care Grant

Grants to USA and Territories Nonprofits, Agencies,
and IHEs to Provide Dental Care to Children in Need

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC): The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Deadline Date:

12/21/18 4:00 PM CST


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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and dental societies that offer dental health care to underserved children. Funding will support community-based efforts to serve children whose families are unable to afford dental care.

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is committed to providing Dental Homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry defines a Dental Home as the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care, delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. One way Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC) supports this goal is through Access to Care Grants in support of care for children up to age 18.

Foundation funds may be applied to cover costs such as, but not limited to:
-Child oral health care
-Clinic supplies, instruments and equipment
-Education and/or outreach to recruit dentist participation in program activities.

All expense items must have clear, direct impact on pediatric oral health care and a direct link to the Dental Home.

Points to Consider:

-The reviewers are well versed in the oral health care needs of children, so don’t bother providing national trends/statistics in your proposal. Instead, focus on your community child oral health care issues and needs, versus general child oral health care needs and statistics.

-A priority of HSHC is to provide a Dental Home to children. The AAPD defines the Dental Home as the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care, delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way.

-Grantees will be paired with an HSHC pediatric dental consultant for the 12 months of the grant award. The consultant will provide support and guidance to grantees.

Special consideration will be given to initiatives:
-Supporting the age-one dental visit
-Emphasizing care to patients 0 to 5
-Providing care to special needs patients
-Addressing the needs of specific underserved demographic groups
-Incorporating systemic health, i.e., diabetes, cancer, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176925

Number of Grants:

Up to 20

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Term of Contract:

HSHC grants are one-year grants. All funds associated with Foundation Access to Care Grants must be expended within 12 months of award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Access to Care Grants support community-based initiatives in the U.S. that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a Dental Home to underserved/limited access children.

Must be a United States/U.S. Territory applicant/organization providing care to children in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory.

Qualified initiatives must be dentist-led, with priority given to projects with pediatric dentist leadership. Projects led by general practitioners also may apply.

Qualified applicants/organizations include, but are not limited to:
1. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) or 501 (c)(6) organizations
2. Local health jurisdictions
3. County health departments
4. Hospitals and clinics
5. State government agencies
6. Colleges/schools of dentistry
7. Colleges/schools of medicine (pediatric and family medicine departments only)
8. National, state and local dental societies

-Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children does not fund indirect costs. The Foundation also does not provide funding to private practices or individuals.
-The Foundation does not fund start-up initiatives.
-The Foundation awards a defined number of Access to Care Grants each year, based on available funds.
-Grant requests made by qualified applicants can be denied due to funding limitations and other
-All funding decisions are final. Non-funded applicants are encouraged to resubmit in the future.

Pre-Application Information:

Complete a full proposal using the Foundation’s online application site. The proposal deadline is 4 p.m. CST, Friday, December 21, 2018.

Applicants will be notified of their proposal’s status – whether or not their submission will undergo a full review – by February 28, 2019. Finalists will be notified of their status by June 1, 2019.

Access to Care Grants for 2019-2020 will be issued June 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

Jasmine Williams, Donor Relations Assistant:
(312) 337-2169

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)