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Community Service Grants

About

Do you have a great community program that brings access to oral healthcare and education to a community in need?

The Community Service Grant Program encourages dental hygienists to devise and implement community health projects. This grant program was envisioned as a way to empower dental hygiene professionals to respond to their communities’ oral health concerns.

Review each program to determine eligibility, regional restrictions, and application timeline.

Resources

For information on planning and implementing community service projects, visit the ADHA Public Health website.

Available Community Service Grants

  • Mars Wrigley Foundation's Healthier Smiles Grant Program

      • The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is accepting applications for the 2021 Mars Wrigley Foundation's Healthier Smiles Grant Program through October 31, 2020.

        Sample Application

        Apply Here

        The ADHA Institute for Oral Health and the Mars Wrigley Foundation are pleased to offer professional members of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) the opportunity to apply for community service grants through National Dental Hygiene Month. The Mars Wrigley Foundation's Healthier Smiles Grant Program grants will be awarded to applicants who are involved in a specific community health project that provides access to care in underserved communities, improves the public’s oral health, and provides oral health care education.

        Recipients will receive the following:

        $2,500-$5,000 per grantee

        Congratulations to the 2020 Mars Wrigley Foundation's Healthier Smiles Grant Program Recipients

        ADHA Members and Programs

        * Kelly Archambeau, RDH, Wisconsin, Community-Based Care Initiatives
        * Lana Austin, RDH, Oregon, Dental Cascade Effect to Total Body Health
        * Darly Barkley, RDH, New Mexico, Happy Smiles Day
        * Terri Chandler, RDH, Nevada, Education and Prevention of Oral Disease
        * Randa Colbert, RDH, Tennessee, Say Cheese: How Intraoral Cameras Enhance Patient Education
        * Jeannette Diaz, RDH, California, Generation Smiles
        * Kerri Dittrich, RDH, Nebraska, Smile in Style
        * Christine Dominick, RDH, Massachusetts, Neighborhood Smiles, A Partnership in Holistic Healthy Living
        * Cathy Grinham, RDH, Massachusetts, Be an Oral Health Expert
        * Holly Jorgensen, RDH, Minnesota, Let's Smile Oral Health Education Classroom Presentations
        * Betty Kabel, RDH, BS Florida, Dental Outreach Okaloosa
        * Mary Kelly, MS, RDH, Iowa, Easter Seals Oral Health Connections
        * Jacob Kualapai, RDH, New Mexico, Dental Care in Your Home
        * Kaitlyn Machado, RDH, Massachusetts, Hope and Comfort Community Service Project
        * Kathy Moore, RDH, Oregon, Serving the Elderly
        * Nan'Cee Neer-Labbe, RDH, BSDH, LAP, Montana, Smile Care, PLLC, Home Health Dental Hygiene Services
        * Karen Omniewski, RDH, Pennsylvania, Growing Smiles of Erie County
        * Royann Royer, RDH, Alaska, Healthy Smiles Forever
        * Karey Schaff-Eisenbarth, RDH, North Dakota, Oral Hygiene Closets for Bismarck Public Elementary Schools
        * Jeffrey Speak, RDH, Kansas, FHC Smiles, School Based Mobile Dental Outreach
        * Shayna Stuffle, Indiana, University of Southern Indiana Dental Hygiene Treatment for Victims of Abuse
        * Sheryl Syme, RDH, MS, Maryland, CURE Scholars Oral Health Promotion and Sealant Program
        * Gail Vasilenko, RDH, New Jersey, Saving Senior Smiles
        * Karen Webster, RDH, Illinois, TCHP Teledentistry Initiative
        * Tasha Wendel, RDH, South Dakota, Rural Dental Health Service Program

    • Healthy Start for Texas Teeth Community Service Grant

      • Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Healthy Start for Texas Teeth Community Service Grant Recipients:

        Raquel Cerveny, RDH, Texas, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Kids

        Paula Harris, RDH, BS, Texas, Dallas Dental Hygienists’ Society & Mark Twain Elementary School Oral Health Education & Fluoride Varnish Program

        The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is not accepting applications for the Healthy Start for Texas Teeth Community Service Grants at this time.

        The next application cycle dates are below.

        Applications Available: November 2020

        Deadline: February 28, 2021

        Recipient Selection: After July, 2021

        ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health is pleased to offer the Healthy Start for Texas Teeth Community Service Grants. This program fosters collaborative efforts between individuals or local components of the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association and community agencies servicing underserved populations to provide the preventive benefits of fluoride varnish for underserved populations.

        One recipient will be selected annually and will receive the following:

        $1,000 grant monies used toward the purchase of supplies and other expenses to support the program.

        Eligibility Requirements

        * A current member of ADHA
        * TDHA components, Texas hygienists, and/or dental hygiene students (partnered with registered hygienists) are eligible to apply
        * Grant monies are for community-based fluoride varnish programs for underserved populations
        * Minimum number of varnish applications is 2 per person within a 12 month period
        * Minimum number of participants to receive varnish is 200
        * Maximum administrative costs for the program must not exceed 25% of total award amount
        * Fluoride varnish program must include an educational component
        * Program must include a collaborative partnership between 3 or more entities (e.g. TDHA, Head Start, and Dental Hygiene School)
        * Program must demonstrate an effort to refer participants to a dental home
        * Current ADHA Institute Board of Directors, ADHA Board of Trustees and members of the Community Service Grant Review Committee may not apply as principal investigators

    • Rosie Wall Community Spirit Grant

      • Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Rosie Wall Community Spirit Grant Recipients:

        Wanda Cloet, RDH, Nebraska, Healthy Smiles Program

        Janet Welsh, RDH, BS, MS, New York, CHOMPERS Portable Dental Program

        The ADHA Institute for Oral Health is not accepting applications for the Rosie Wall Community Spirit Grants at this time.

        The next application cycle dates are below.

        Applications Available: November 2020

        Deadline: February 28, 2021

        Recipient Selection: After July, 2021

        ADHA’s Institute for Oral Health is pleased to offer the Rosie Wall RDH Community Spirit Grant. This program provides funding for dental hygienists who are involved in a specific community health or research project in the United States.

        Up to six recipients will be accepted (dependent on funding) and will receive the following:

        $1,000-$3,000 grant monies per recipient: one student; one recipient will be from the state of Hawaii while the others will be chosen from the rest of the 50 states.

        Eligibility Requirements

        * Demonstrate involvement in outstanding activities with a community health program or project, which may include dental, medical and/or mental health enhancement.
        * Illustrate that health education is one element of the project.
        * The project serves a community in the United States.
        * Show that these activities enhance the public view of the professional role dental hygienists play in health improvement.
        * A United States citizen who is either a licensed dental hygienist or a student pursuing a dental hygienist degree.
        * A professional or student member of ADHA.
        * Current ADHA Institute Board of Directors, ADHA Board of Trustees and members of the Community Service Grant Review Committee may not apply as principal investigators