American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Healthy Smiles Healthy Children Access to Care Grants

Posted on December 4, 2018

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Invites Proposals for Access to Care Grants

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry established Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children in 1987 with the aim of providing dental care for all children in the United States. Since 2010, HSHC has awarded more than $4.6 million in grants and commitments to 81 organizations in 32 states and the District of Columbia, enabling them to provide Dental Homes to more than 320,000 children.

HSHC currently is accepting proposals from pediatric dental care organizations for its Access to Care Grants program.

Through the program, HSHC will award single-year grants of up to $20,000 in support of community-based initiatives that provide dental care to underserved children. Priority will be given to initiatives that support dental visits at age one; emphasize care for pediatric patients from birth to age 5; provide care to special-needs patients; address the needs of specific underserved demographic groups; and/or incorporate systemic health (i.e., diabetes, cancer, etc.).

Funds may be applied to cover the cost of clinic supplies and instruments, patient/parent education materials, take-home supplies (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.), education and/or outreach to recruit dentists to the program, and/or other activities with clear, direct impact on pediatric oral health care.

To be eligible, applicants must be a United States-based nonprofit or local government agency that provides dental services to children in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. Projects should have pediatric dentist involvement. If a pediatric dentist is not participating, a general dentist must be involved for funding consideration. In addition, applicants must have matching funds equal to the grant request amount at the time the application is submitted. Matching funds can either be cash or in-kind.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children website.

Deadline: December 21, 2018

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