Types of dental grants available include cosmetic dental grants, grants for institutional research, grants to better policies and programs, scholarship grants, and grants for dental materials and supplies. Many charitable foundations offer these grants on a revolving schedule throughout the year.
DentalCare.com connects users to three other sites for possible grants: Society of Research Administrators International, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Association for Institutional Research’s page for scholarships and Research & Dissertation grants. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers grants organized by geographical area.
The California Dental Association Foundation offers a dental materials and supplies grant for supplies to help dentists treat underserved people in their communities. More than 150 nonprofit organizations have been awarded nearly $6 million in supplies, helping more than 400,000 people.
The CDA Foundation also offers a student loan repayment grant to help new dentists get out from under the burden of student loan debt. Recent graduates can be awarded up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of three years. The Webb Family Grant can also provide the grant runner-up with up to $5,000 toward education expenses.
Finally, the Cosmetic Dentistry Grants Program helps offset dental work to improve a person’s appearance and dental function. Procedures covered include whitening, bleaching, Invisalign and enamel shaping on the cosmetic side, and implants, crowns, dental bridges, bonding and gum lifts on the medical side.