Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Access to Care Grants

Posted by American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry on May 25, 2015

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry established Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children in 1987 with the aim of providing dental care for all children nationwide. To that end, HSHC is accepting applications from pediatric dental care organizations for its Access to Care Grants program.

Through the program, HSHC will award single-year matching grants of up to $20,000 each to support community-based initiatives that provide dental care to underserved children. Priority will be given to successful programs with the potential for replication in other communities, as well as initiatives that have demonstrated collaboration with other institutions and organizations.

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

To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S.-based nonprofit organization or local government agency that provides dental services to children in the United States or its territories. Projects should have pediatric dentist involvement. If a pediatric dentist is not participating, programs must involve a general dentist in order to be considered for funding.

In addition, applicants must have matching funds equal to the grant request amount at the time of application. Matching funds can either be cash or in kind.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the HSHC website.


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