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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
These grants are 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.

Submitting an application
The application period for this grant is now closed.

Deadlines and Important Dates 

  • Dec. 31, 2016: Deadline for chapters to hold their events
  • Jan. 31, 2017: Reports due from all chapters who earned grants

2016 Grant Recipients 

  • Case Western 
  • Illinois 
  • San Antonio 
  • Stony Brook 
  • Utah 

Chapter Technology Grant

Chapters that are limited by their resources may be unable to effectively use digital tools to communicate with members or to recruit non-members (including predentals). To help chapters communicate effectively with members, ASDA introduced this chapter technology grant.

Purpose of the Grant
This grant is intended to help chapters use advanced communication tools by supplementing funding to purchase equipment or software needed for video production, websites, mobile apps and more. A pool of $1,800 will be distributed to chapters to improve technology advances. Chapters may receive all or some portion of their requested amount, depending on the number of applicants, reasonability of the request and need.

To apply for a chapter technology grant, the application must be submitted with supporting materials by Jan. 9, 2017 – complete the application form here. 

Criteria and Eligibility 

  • Grant money should be used to subsidize the costs related to communication, media or publication expenses. The chapter should budget for additional costs, as the total cost may exceed the grant amount given. Grant money is intended for, but not limited to:
    • Camera equipment
    • Video editing software
    • Website software, domain registration, developer fees
    • Publication design software
    • App store developer fees. Chapters should budget for yearly developer fees to maintain any apps launched. Any funds that remain at the conclusion of the application launch should be allocated toward these costs. Funds cannot be used to create district or special event apps.
    • Hiring someone to design a logo, app or newsletter layout.
  • Equipment or software should be positioned to reach both members and potential members (including predentals) and have a clear vision for the purchase and use of equipment, installation and perpetuation of software, launch and/or maintenance of app, and continued use or application of any other technology purchased by funds supplied by this grant.
  • The technology should allow information about your local ASDA chapter and national ASDA to be communicated, including but not limited to: mission statement, membership benefits, issues facing dental students, chapter and national events, and chapter/national leadership opportunities.

Prior to submitting application, view complete requirements and instructions.

Deadlines and Important Dates 

  • Jan. 9, 2017: Applications due to ASDA Central Office
  • Feb. 28, 2017: Grant recipients will be notified
  • April 2017: Grant checks distributed
  • June 2017: Check-in with Council on Communications chair (there will be additional check-ins with the Council on Communications based on timelines included with this application)
  • Sept. 1, 2017: Chapter technology must be in use by this date

All applications are due on Jan. 9, 2017. Submit your application here. 

 2016 Grant Recipients 

  • East Carolina
  • Indiana
  • Oregon

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.

Submit your application here. 

Deadlines and Important Dates 

  • Jan. 9, 2017: Applications are due to ASDA Central Office.
  • Feb. 22, 2017: Council on Advocacy will select grant winners. Recipients will be notified at a later date.
  • Dec. 31, 2017: Deadline to hold advocacy event.
  • Jan. 31, 2018: Reports due from grant recipients.

2016 Grant Recipients 

  • Louisiana
  • Detroit Mercy
  • Creighton
  • Oklahoma
  • Arizona

Dentistry in the Community Chapter Grant

Oral hygiene education and preventive dental care are effective and inexpensive ways to improve the quality of a patient’s life. Dental schools and dental students have the unique ability to do so for traditionally underserved populations.

Purpose of the Grant
This grant is intended to support ASDA chapters in their development and implementation of a new program or event that focuses on prevention of dental disease and/or promotion of oral health for any underserved population within their communities.

To apply for one of five $500 grants, the application must be submitted with supporting materials by Jan. 9, 2017.

Submit your application here. 

Criteria and eligibility: 

  • The grant money will subsidize a program or event that focuses on prevention of dental disease and/or promotion of oral health for underserved populations.
  • The program is intended to support ASDA Current Statements of Position or Policy:  
  • The application organizer cannot be a national leader.
  • Participants must follow ASDA’s policy on Dental Outreach Programs (B-8).
  • If selected, all outreach events must take place before Oct. 1, 2017.
  • Following completion of the event, grant recipients must submit a report (750-word limit) summarizing the effect of the grant on the community served by Oct. 15, 2017. The report should include photographs.
  • Chapter grantees are strongly encouraged to work with the ASDA Editorial Board and contribute an ASDA blog article in fall 2017 (prior to the application deadline for the next round of grantees).

View complete requirements and instructions. 

Deadlines and important dates: 

  • Jan. 9, 2017: Applications and supporting materials due to ASDA central office
  • February 2017: Grant recipients announced
  • March 2017: Grant check distributed
  • June 2017: Interim report/check in due to Council on Professional Issues chair
  • Oct. 1, 2017: Outreach event must take place before this date
  • Oct. 15, 2017: Outreach event report due to ASDA central office

All applications are due on Jan. 9, 2017. Submit your application here.

2016 Grant Recipients 

Heartland Dental Pacific Dental Services


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