All funds provided by the International College of Dentists USA Section 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).

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-care to improve oral health and establish life-long habits.
  3. Professional Education – Programs that prepare the next generation of dental professionals that will advance the art and science of dentistry.
  4. Oral Health-Related Research Support Programs – Initiatives that advance or support our core research objectives.

The Foundation seeks to support, encourage, and advance the volunteerism among dental professionals.

  1. The ICD USA Section 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 ICD USA Section Foundation Board of Trustees in the funding decision process.
  2. We fund dental health and education-related projects, programs and initiatives and place emphasis on providing project seed money, with the ultimate goal being to have the grantee find additional funding sources for ongoing support of the project.
  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 is given to volunteer programs versus salaried position programs. Consideration is given to involvement of ICD Fellows.
  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, the significance of population served, educational and prevention impact, etc.
  8. Operational Efficiency – Overhead costs compared to treatment costs (total cost per patient). Priority is given to programs with high benefit to patient ratios versus programs with high administrative costs.
  9. Longevity and Sustainability of Program – Emphasis on initial seed money grants with a self-sustainability perspective whereby ongoing program costs are covered by other funding sources.
  10. Program Assets The reserve funds and other available funding sources will be taken into consideration when reviewing applications, with priority given to programs most in need of grant assistance.
  11. Patient Qualification and Proof – Helping to ensure only those in true need receive services.
  12. Preference is given to matching money formulas.
  13. Consideration will NOT be given to Federal Programs.
  14. All repeating grant requests will be reviewed yearly and will require a new grant application.
  15. Any future grant requests from your organization will be eligible for review provided required progress reports are received according to established guidelines.
NOTE: Grants are generally reviewed at the Fall ICD USA Section Foundation Meeting. Therefore, notice of approval is usually forthcoming in the last quarter of the year (typically December).

Grant Application - Fillable PDF
Grant Application - Word Document
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