Community Grants

The Illinois State Dental Society Foundation will accept applications for the 2014 round of Community Grant Awards until June 13, 2014. The ISDS Foundation anticipates a competitive pool of $50,000 in available funds. The grants are made to organizations that promote and encourage improved oral health and oral health education in Illinois.

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The Community Grant Awards Committee from within the ISDS Foundation Board of Directors was faced with the challenge of evaluating 21 applications from health organizations all across Illinois, with project requests totaling over $135,000. How do you sum up these projects? It’s all about providing access to oral health care for children and adults in tandem with the distribution of oral health education materials. Every organization was deserving of support, but the pool of available funds was $50,000.

Ten organizations—or 48% of the applicants—were selected based on a variety of criteria, including the quality of their applications, available assets, budgeting for programs, potential number of people served, staff and volunteers available for the project, and so on. These programs will serve 33,595 Illinois citizens averaging out to $1.49 per person.

  • Mission Possible, Aurora -$3,984 - The grant will be used for the purchase of disposable clinical supplies to increase access to care to uninsured low-income patients.

  • Goldie’s Place, Chicago - $7,500 – Grant funding will allow volunteer dentists to provide full and partial dentures to the homeless adult population in the local area.

  • Southern Illinois Dental Hygienists Society, Cambria -$3,569 – As part of its “Give Adults a Smile Day”, the monies will be used to provide 100 patients with assessments, radiographs, prophylaxis and/or scaling and periodontal non-surgical procedures, as well as assigning patients to a dental home.

  • Northwest Community Hospital Foundation, Arlington Heights - $7,500 - The grant will be used to partially support a mobile dental clinic van that offers preventive and restorative dental care to low-income, uninsured residents in the NW suburban area.

  • Tazewell County Health Department, Tremont -$1,500 - Funds will be used to purchase toothbrushes, floss and education materials for school presentations to children of low-income families.

  • Friedman Place, operating Maplewood Housing for the Visually Impaired, Chicago - $5,000 - The grant will provide needed dental care to elderly residents who are no longer covered by Medicaid and have no other means to pay.

  • Whiteside County Community Health Center, Rock Falls - $5,000 – Grant funding will provide operations support for the dental needs of those patients with intellectual/developmental disabilities in this rural area of Illinois.

  • Hult Center for Healthy Living, Peoria - $5,076 – In its “Tooth or Consequences” program, an outreach dental health effort, grant funds will target kindergarten children from economically disadvantaged families in McLean County.

  • Bethany for Children and Families, Moline - $7,271 – Funds will be use to support its mobile dental bus that travels to 20 school districts to provide low-income children with an exam, toothbrush, floss, toothpaste and instruction on oral health.

  • Community Nurse Health Association, La Grange - $3,600 – Grant money will provide support for the dental needs of children in the AllKids program and uninsured adults who will be treated in a newly donated operatory.