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Getting Children Dental Care They Need


How to Apply - 2014 Call for Access to Care Letters of Intent

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC) is committed to supporting community-based initiatives providing Dental Homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry defines a Dental Home as the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care, delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. HSHC supports this goal through its Access to Care Grants targeting children up to age 18.

HSHC will accept letters of intent for its Access to Care Grants beginning May 15, 2014. The Foundation will award up to 20 Access to Care Grants in spring 2015 totaling up to $400,000.

HSHC Access to Care Grants are one-year matching grants of up to $20,000, supporting community-based initiatives in the U.S. that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a Dental Home to underserved/limited access children. Special consideration will be given to programs supporting the age-one dental visit and providing care to special needs patients.

For more information on the Access to Care Grant program guidelines can be viewed here.

A sample of the 2014-2015 Access to Care Letter of Intent can be found here.

HSHC uses an electronic application system to accept LOIs.

To apply for a 2014-2015 HSHC Access to Care Grant visit: 

For more information, please contact Grant and Corporate Relations Manager Tracey Schilligo at (312) 337-2169 or via e-mail at

Letters of Intent are due by 11:59 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 18, 2014.

Access to Care Grants

Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC) will make more than $1.1 million in Access to Care Grants to 18 organizations this year – including two $375,000 Multi-Year Access to Care Grants. This is the largest grant commitment ever made by HSHC.

HSHC will award $301,000 in single-year Access to Care Grants to 16 organizations. Two previous grantees also will be first recipients of HSHC’s Multi-Year Access to Care Grants, receiving $75,000 a year through 2019.

Including 2014 commitments, HSHC since 2010 has awarded more than $1.8 million in Access to Care Grants to 48 organizations in 18 states that have helped more than 118,000 children in need.

To put HSHC’s grantmaking growth in perspective, the Foundation issued slightly less than $100,000 in grants to five organizations in 2010 when it first introduced Access to Care Grants. As the Foundation learns more about the underserved and their needs, it has expanded its grantmaking efforts to become the nation’s leading child oral health charity.

Lehigh Valley Hospital, in Allentown, Penn., and the Ricardo Salinas Pediatric Dental Clinic, in San Antonio, Texas, are the first recipients of HSHC Multi-Year Access to Care Grants. Each will receive $75,000 a year over the next five years.

2014 HSHC Access to Care Grant (single year) recipients

Access Community Health Centers; Madison, Wisc.
Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.; Arlington, Va.
Central Arizona Shelter Services, Inc.; Phoenix, Ariz.
Community Smiles: Expanding Access to Care; Miami, Fla.
The Hope Institute for Children and Families; Springfield, Ill.
Indiana University School of Dentistry; Indianapolis, Ind.
KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic Need; Dublin, Ohio
Mercy Medical Center; Canton, Ohio
Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic, Orange, Va.
Pike County Health Department; Pittsfield, Ill.
Rochester General Hospital Foundation; Rochester, N.Y.
Santa Barbara-Ventura Counties Dental Care Foundation; Ventura, Calif.
St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center; Chicago, Ill.
St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children; Philadelphia, Penn.
St. Vincent de Paul Virginia G. Piper Medical & Dental Clinic; Phoenix, Ariz.
Vista Community Clinic; Vista, Calif.

2010-2013 HSHC Access to Care Grant (single year) recipients

Boys and Girls Club of Newark; Parsippany, N.J.
Center for Family Health; Jackson, Mich.
Children’s Dental Health Association; San Diego, Calif.
Children’s Dental Services; Minneapolis, Minn.
Children’s Health Fund; New York, N.Y.
Cincinnati Health Department; Cincinnati, Ohio
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine; New York, N.Y.
Columbus Neighborhood Health Center; Columbus, Ohio
Community Health Center; Lincoln, Neb.
Cook Children’s Medical Center; Ft. Worth, Texas
The Dental Foundation of Oregon; Wilsonville, Ore.
Desert Mission; Phoenix, Ariz.
Geisinger Every Smile Counts Program; Danville, Penn.
Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics; Chicago, Ill.
Indiana Dental Association’s Born to Smile Program; Indianapolis, Ind.
Kids Community Dental Clinic; Burbank, Calif.
Lehigh Valley Hospital; Allentown, Penn.
Miles of Smiles; Gladstone, Mo.
Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry; St. Louis, Mo.
New York University College of Dentistry; New York, N.Y.
Nisonger Center Johnstown Road Dental Program; Columbus, Ohio
Orange Blossom Family Health Center; Orlando, Fla.*
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry; Los Angeles, Calif.
PDI Surgery Center; Windsor, Calif.
Polk County Health Department; Lakeland, Fla.
The Ricardo Salinas Pediatric Dental Clinic University of Texas Health Science Center; San Antonio, Texas
San Ysidro Health Center; San Diego, Calif.
Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton; Canton, Ohio
Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry; Dallas, Texas
TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries; Tomball, Texas
Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine; Boston, Mass.*
University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine; Buffalo, N.Y.
Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic; Waukesha, Wisc.
Yale New Haven Hospital Pediatric Dental Residency; New Haven, Conn.

*Dental Home Day host clinic