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Membership Outreach Grant

It is important that chapters provide new members an introduction to ASDA and the benefits of membership. Orientation events can vary from a welcome breakfast to a lunch and learn presentation to an evening cookout, but all events should educate members on ASDA. Many chapters experience funding challenges due to strict vendor policies or administrative issues that prevent them from holding local events.

Purpose of the grant
This grant is intended to help struggling chapters fund local events that promote membership and involvement in ASDA. Up to five grants of a maximum of $500 each will be awarded to ASDA chapters based on the criteria in the application. Applications for the 2016 grant will be available in March 2016.

2015 Grant Recipients 


Chapter Website Grant

Many chapters face technical and/or financial barriers to creating a chapter website. Chapters that are limited by their resources may be unable to provide an online channel to communicate with members or to recruit non-members (including predentals). To help chapters communicate effectively with its members, ASDA introduced this chapter website grant.

Purpose of the Grant
This grant is intended to help chapters fund the creation or redesign of a chapter website. Up to three $600 grants will be awarded to ASDA chapters to create or upgrade a chapter website in 2015. Funds cannot be used to create district or special event websites. The application period for this year's grants has ended. 

Criteria and Eligibility 

  • The application organizer cannot be a fourth-year dental student or a national leader. He or she must be a member of the chapter through the launch or upgrade process.
  • Grant money should be used to subsidize the costs related to creating, upgrading and maintaining a chapter website.
  • The website should be positioned to reach both members and potential members (including predentals) and have a clear vision for the launch and/or maintenance.
  • Prior to submitting application, view complete eligibility requirements.

Deadlines and Important Dates 

  • Feb. 15, 2016: Grant and recipients will be notified
  • March 2016: Grant checks distributed
  • June 2016: Check-in with Council on Communications chair
  • Sept. 1, 2016: Deadline to launch chapter website

 2015 Grant Recipients 

  • Illinois
  • New England
  • Washington

LGN Special Event Grant

Have an idea for an advocacy event? The LGN Special Event Grant is available to help you plan the advocacy event that works best for your chapter or region. Whether you want to coordinate a state lobby day, implement an advocacy academy or create a new event, this grant is available to encourage any and all advocacy events at the local level.

Purpose of the Grant
This grant is intended to support advocacy efforts at the local level. A maximum of $500 will be awarded per grant submission, and up to six grants will be awarded. The application period for this year's grants has ended. 

Criteria and Eligibility 

  • National leaders are not eligible to apply.
  • Funds must be used for local events that promote ASDA’s advocacy efforts.
    • Ex: State lobby day, advocacy academy, legislative lunch and learns, multi-chapter advocacy event
  • The event must be in line with ASDA’s policies and position statements.
  • If selected, the event must be held by Dec. 31, 2016.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit a report one month after the event. Reports should include the date, location, number of attendees, marketing, costs and specifics of the event. Photos are encouraged. This information will be used as best practice for other chapters to use. If your chapter(s) is unable to fulfill this commitment, you may be ineligible for future grants.

Deadlines and Important Dates 

  • March 15, 2016: Council on Advocacy will select grant winners and recipients will be notified
  • Dec. 31, 2016: Deadline to hold advocacy event
  • Jan. 31, 2017: Reports due from grant recipients

2015 Grant Recipients 

  • Detroit Mercy
  • Florida
  • Indiana
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

Taking Oral Hygiene Awareness to Rural & Underserved America – Chapter Event Grant

Oral hygiene education and preventive dental care are effective and inexpensive ways to improve the quality of a patient’s life. Many children living in rural and underserved communities face difficulties accessing oral healthcare. There are often no dental schools within close proximity.

Purpose of the Grant
Up to five $500 grants will be awarded to ASDA chapters to help fund oral hygiene education initiatives implemented by predoctoral ASDA members with faculty supervision. This grant supports ASDA Current Statements of Position H-1: Student Involvement in Public Health in Dentistry and H-6: Student Outreach to Underserved Populations.

The application period for this year's grants has ended. 

Criteria and Eligibility 

  • The application organizer cannot be a national leader.
  • The grant money will subsidize an event bringing oral hygiene education and preventive dental care to rural and underserved communities faced with difficulties accessing oral health care.
  • Participants must follow ASDA’s policy on dental outreach programs (B-8).
  • If selected, all outreach events must take place before Sept. 1, 2016.
  • Grant recipients must submit a report (750 word limit) summarizing the effect of the grant on the community served. The report shall include 2-5 photographs from the event and testimonials from chapter participants and/or event attendees. If your chapter is unable to fulfill this commitment, you may be ineligible for future grants.

View complete requirements and instructions. 

Deadlines and Important Dates 

  • February 2016: Grant recipients announced
  • Sept. 1, 2016: Outreach event must take place before this date
  • Sept. 15, 2016: Outreach event report due to ASDA central office

2015 Grant Recipients 

  • Arizona
  • Midwestern-Arizona
  • Ohio State
  • Virginia
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