Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Access to Care Grants

Posted by American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry on October 31, 2016

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 children nationwide. Since 2010, HSHC has awarded more than $4 million in grants and commitments to eighty-one organizations in twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia, while HSHC grantees have helped provide Dental Homes for more than 300,000 children.

In keeping with its mission, HSHC is accepting proposals 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 in support of community-based initiatives that provide dental care to underserved children. Priority will be given to successful programs with good 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 the cost 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 a 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 U.S. or one of its territories. 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 HSHC website.


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