Grants Available for Australian Community Outreach Programs

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The Australian Dental Health Foundation and Mars Wrigley Foundation’s Healthier Smiles Community Service Grants program is offering 10 awards up to $8,200 (American) each to registered dental professionals or currently enrolled dentistry students to help bridge the gap in access to oral care and services across Australia for communities in need.

Since 2011, the foundations have teamed up to fund community-based oral health programs. Grants are awarded to encourage volunteer dentists and dental students to implement oral health community service, education, and preventive care in some of the highest-risk and most disadvantaged communities across Australia, the organizations said.

Applicants must be Australian residents and registered members of the Australian Dental Association or students. Applications can be made on behalf of cross-functional teams of oral health practitioners including oral health therapists and hygienists. Applicants also must demonstrate outstanding involvement in a community oral health program or project.

Applications should clearly describe community need for support and, where possible, provide current and relevant statistics about the community. They also should demonstrate why the project is timely for the community and describe how oral health education is one element of the program. Plus, they should outline anticipated outcomes and the measurement approach.

Applications are due by Friday, June 18, 2021. For more information, email

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