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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 now accepting applications from eligible ADHA members for the 2020 Mars Wrigley Foundation's Healthier Smiles Grant Program.

        Application Deadline: October 1, 2019
        Recipient Selection: January, 2020

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        The ADHA Institute for Oral Health and the Mars Wrigley Foundation are pleased to offer the members of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) the opportunity to apply for community service grants leading up to 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 improves the public’s oral health and provide oral health education.

        Recipients will receive the following:

        $2,500-$5,000 per grantee

        2020 Mars Wrigley Foundation Eligibility and Selection Criteria

        Congratulations to the 2019 Mars Wrigley Foundation's Healthier Smiles Grant Program Recipients

        ADHA Members and Programs

        * Elizabeth Addison, RDH, Iowa, Oral Health Education & Screenings for Children in an Emergency Shelter
        * Kylie Austin, RDH MSDH ECP-III, Kansas, Healthy Smiles
        * Debra Basset, RDH, BHS, Michigan, Miles of Smiles & Community Mental Health Collaborative
        * Angela Meadow Cameron, RDH, Nevada, His Heart (A Community Based Dental Hygiene Program)
        * Brenna Chavarin, BS, EPDH, Oregon, Konnect Dental Kare
        * Kim Crabtree, RDH, RDA, Michigan, Head Start Smiles
        * Roxanne Denny-Mickey, RDH, PHRDH, Nebraska, LifeSmiles Dental Health Program
        * Christina Dixon, RDHAP, BSDH, California, School Smile Program
        * Sonya Dunbar, BSDH, Florida, Saving Our Seniors (SOS)
        * Dorrie Gagnon, RDH, New Jersey, Implementation of a Toothbrushing Station for Special Needs Children
        * Laura Gigstad, RDH, Kansas, Heartland Bright Smiles Outreach
        * Lauren Hapeman, RDH, Pennsylvania, Integrating Preventive Dental Services Into Primary Care
        * Alicia Harrison, RDH, BS, ECP III, Kansas, Oral Health Self-Management through Technology
        * Kathy Hunt, RDH, Kansas, All Aboard the Cavity Free Express
        * Katrina Magee, RDH, CPHDH, MSDH, New Hampshire, Concord, NH School Based Sealant and Fluoride Program
        * Audrey McFarland, RDH, Arizona, Chandler Children's Dental Clinic -Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
        * Brandi Morang, RDH, Washington, School-Based Sealant Program – HS District Expansion
        * Amy Leiva Neira, RDH, Texas, Integrated Pediatric Dental and Medical Care at San José Clinic
        * Tina Nissly, RDH, PHDHP, EFDA, Pennsylvania, Creation of a New Charitable Community Dental Program
        * Regina Outterbridge, RDH, PHDHP, Pennsylvania, Oral Health Initiative for Diabetes
        * Jody Perkins, RDH EPP, Oregon, Healthy Kids Outreach Program
        * Monica Stephenson, RDH, MS, Idaho, Bengal Smiles
        * Suzanne Tanis, RDH, BS, Michigan, Healthy Minds, Healthy Mouths
        * Lancette VanGuilder, BS, RDH, Nevada, Community Dental Connections: School-Based Dental Outreach Project

    • 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

        Applications Available: November 2018
        Deadline: February 28, 2019
        Recipient Selection: After July, 2019

        Healthy Start for Texas Teeth Guidelines & Selection Criteria

        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 2019
        Deadline: February 28, 2020
        Recipient Selection: After July, 2020

        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 2018-2019 Rosie Wall Community Spirit Grant Recipient:

        Angela McDougal, RDH, PHDHP, Pennsylvania, Community Oral Health Initiatives Education Program: My Marvelous Mouth/My Baby’s Smile

        Applications Available: November 2018
        Deadline: February 28, 2019
        Recipient Selection: After July, 2019

        Rosie Wall Community Spirit Grant Guidelines & Selection Criteria

        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 2019
        Deadline: February 28, 2020
        Recipient Selection: After July, 2020

        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