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GRANT FUNDING GUIDELINES & PRIORITIES
I. INTENTION OF FUNDS
All funds provided by the Foundation grant program are intended to serve the public interest and fulfill the Foundation’s mission to facilitate dental health and education by funding programs and services that promote oral health. All funds must be used in accordance with the purpose specified on the grantee’s grant application and in accordance with IRS Code 501 (c) (3).
II. FUNDING CRITERIA
Dental Health and Education Related Programs Funded: (Eligibility Requirements and Criteria Considered)
1. Benevolent Dentistry – Clinics, programs, projects, and events which provide dental care and education to those unable to access care due to financial, physical, or geographical reasons.
2. Public Education – Programs which educate children and adults in dental self-c are to improve oral health and establish life-long habits.
3. Professional Education – Programs that prepare the next generation of dental professionals that will a dvance the art and science of dentistry.
4. Oral Health Related Research Support Programs
– Initiatives that advance or support our core research objectives.
III. PREFERRED SERVICE MODEL
The Foundation seeks to support, encourage, and advance the volunteerism among dental professionals.
1. We fund dental health and education related projects, programs and initiatives and place emphasis on providing seed money with the ultimate goal to have the grantee find additional funds to support the project.
2. The Foundation seeks to serve the public interest and fulfill its mission while encouraging practices, which demonstrate fairness, efficiency, and sustainability. With this goal in mind, standards have been adopted to guide the Foundation Board of Trustees in the funding decision process.
3. Type of Programs – free or low cost to patients (priority given to free programs and those who serve the poorest segments of society).
4. Dental Professionals – Priority given to volunteer programs.
5. Beneficiaries – Children, elderly, disabled, other low-income adults.
6. Geographic area is the world – Consideration given to projects in the USA and to developing areas worldwide.
7. Impact – Based on the number served, significance of population served, educational and prevention impact, etc.
8. Operational efficiency – Overhead costs compared to treatment costs (Total Cost per patient).
9. Longevity and sustainability of program – emphasis on seed money grants with a self-sustainability perspective.
10. Measurement and evaluation of goals – probability of success to reach goals.
11. Preference given to matching money formulas.
12. Patient Qualification and Proof – Helping to ensure only those in true need receive services.
13. No consideration will be given to any Federal Programs.
14. All repeating grant requests will be reviewed yearly and will require a new grant application.