The WDA Foundation awards thousands of dollars annually to non-profit programs and projects that bring oral health care to low-income Wisconsin residents. The Annual Grant Program authorizes funding in December for the following calendar year. Nonprofit organizations that are engaged in efforts to improve dental health for state residents are invited to apply. Application deadline is July 31, 2013. Applications must be submitted via email. The Annual Grant Program is available only to qualifying organizations. It is not available to individuals.
In some instances, financial grants are more than is actually needed by non-profits. Recognizing the pressing need for basic oral health care supplies, the WDA Foundation offers its Smile Program to qualifying non-profits. The Smile Program is focused on providing underprivileged children, adults and seniors with the toothbrushes and toothpaste needed to put them on the right track for oral health. See right column for more details. Application deadlines are April 1 and October 1, 2013. Applications must be submitted via e-mail. The Smile Program is available only to qualifying organizations. It is not available to individuals.
Annual Grant Program
Guidelines for grant requests are as follows. Please note the new application and submission guidelines.
A letter of endorsement for the group and/or the dental related activity from an officer of the local component dental society is required. The grant review committee will not consider letters of endorsement provided by any other organization/individual in lieu of endorsement by the local dental society officer. You can determine local dental society leadership by clicking hereor contact Executive Director Vicki Bohman at email@example.com. Guidelines for grant requests are as follows.
- Eligibility criteria
- Evaluation of proposals
- Application and submission guidelines
- Program timetable
The grant program’s main objective is to provide financial support to efforts aimed at providing dental care to the underserved and other philanthropic endeavors related to dentistry throughout Wisconsin. The program philosophy seeks to increase access to, and education on, oral health care by encouraging volunteerism in the dental health professions community.
Proposals of up to $10,000.00 by community-based, not-for-profit, oral health promotion programs primarily in the state of Wisconsin will be considered.
Examples of qualified oral health promotions include:
- dental supplies, equipment and other operating expenses for a low-income dental clinic
- dental health education conducted at schools, health fairs and social agencies, via mobile dental clinics or outreach programs
- dental health education programs in conjunction with preventive programs such as fluoride and dental sealant application programs
- other philanthropic endeavors relating to dentistry in Wisconsin
Examples of un-qualified oral health promotions include:
- salary and other staff/volunteer compensation
- endowments or fundraising campaigns
- direct support of individuals or lobbying of any kind
- capital costs (purchasing, remodeling, or furnishing of facilities)
- grants to organizations located outside of Wisconsin
The WDA Foundation finance and allocation committee will evaluate all proposals, with additional review by the foundation’s board of directors.
Grants will be awarded based on:
- originality, creativity and innovation
- potential for, or history of, continuous program operation
- community involvement including volunteer support
- provision of actual restorative, preventive and dental education services
- oral health awareness education and promotion content
- potential impact on the target audience and/or community
Submitted proposals must include the following information:
- An Executive Summary of no more than one page in length
- Information about grantee organization(s) as requested in the application;
- Project description including information on the population served, what the perceived long-term impact will be on the community served, and what will change in the community as a result of having received funding;
- Project budget with specific rationale on how grant funds will be utilized.
- A letter of endorsement for group and/or dental related activity from local component dental society is required for consideration.
This application may be no more than five (5) pages in length. The five-page maximum does not include the letter of endorsement or the Executive Summary.
- Only one proposal submission per organization will be accepted
- Do not submit additional materials, such as videos, brochures or promotional gifts, as these items will not be considered
- Please submit the signed application and supporting materials via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- It is preferred that all materials be combined into one PDF document
- Subject line must read 2014 WDA Foundation Grant Application
The WDA Foundation reserves the right to rescind an awarded grant if the itemized request(s) for reimbursement show that funds were used for purposes other than that specified in the grant application without the prior consent of the foundation.
Submit proposal to:
Victoria Bohman, Executive Director
- Request for proposals will be posted here each year beginning in early January.
- Complete proposals must be emailed to the WDA Foundation by 11:59 p.m. on July 31.
- Proposal applicants will be notified via email by December 31 of the year preceding the calendar year in which the grant will be awarded.
- If approved, the grant money may be requested in writing as expenses are incurred anytime between January 1 and December 31 of the calendar year for which the grant is being awarded.
- A written six-month report to the Wisconsin Dental Association Foundation regarding the use of the grant funds to date is required to be emailed by 11:59 p.m. June 30 of the grant funding year. If this report is not submitted by the stated deadline, applications for the following grant year will not be considered. The WDA Foundation strongly encourages organizations to submit authorized photos pertinent to the funded program for use on the Foundation’s web site and in other materials.
- Submission of a Grant Application does not guarantee funding. Decisions of the WDA Foundation are final.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the foundation at:
6737 W. Washington St., Ste. 2360
West Allis, WI 53214