CDA Foundation grant, scholarship application period open

The CDA Foundation offers financial support to dental professionals and community-based organizations statewide that provide dental care to underserved communities. In this way, funding reaches local communities where it's needed most. Grants and scholarships are available throughout the year with various deadlines and submission periods. The CDA Foundation encourages applications/nominations for the following programs:

Dental Materials and Supplies Grant works in partnership with Henry Schein Cares to support nonprofit organizations with the donation of dental supplies and materials necessary for dental operations and oral health services. Open application period is Jan 1- March 31.

Crowns for Kids Grant provides financial awards to CDA component dental societies, or local nonprofit organizations who partner with the local CDA component dental society, to implement oral health projects that address preventive care, consumer education, restorative care, fluoridation or other programs that increase access to care for children 0-18 years. Open application period is Jan 1-April 1.

Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award acknowledges and supports eligible faculty affiliated with one of the state's six dental schools for their exceptional leadership, innovation, collaboration, compassion, philanthropic spirit and integrity in dental education. Open application period is Jan1-March 31.

Humanitarian Award recognizes California dentists who have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of outstanding, unselfish leadership and contributions to fellow human beings in the field of dentistry. Nomination period is open April 1-June 30.

For more information on any of these opportunities, visit cdafoundation.org/receive.

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