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Access to Care Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Hospitals
to Provide Dental Care for Disadvantaged Children

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/20/19 4:30 PM CDT


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Grants of up to $20,000 to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, hospitals and clinics, dentistry colleges and schools, medical colleges and schools (family medicine and pediatric departments), health departments and jurisdictions, and dental societies to provide dental health care to disadvantaged children. Funding is intended to support community-based, dentist-lead projects and expenses such as education and outreach, child oral health care, clinical supplies, equipment, and salary.

The AAPD Foundation is committed to supporting community-based initiatives 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.

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

While the Foundation welcomes submissions from qualified applicants that meet the requirements (below), special consideration will be given to initiatives

  • Supporting the age-one dental visit
  • Emphasizing care to patients 0 to 5
  • Addressing the needs of specific underserved demographic groups
  • Incorporating systemic health, i.e. diabetes, cancer, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176925

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.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020-2021 Access to Care application cycle will be available at 4:30 pm CDT on October 21, 2019.

A confirmation receipt is emailed at the time of submission to the applicant. Applicants will be notified of their proposal’s status – whether or not their submission will undergo a full review – by February 28, 2020. Finalists will be notified of their status by June 1, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

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

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