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Grants

As a philanthropic and charitable organization, the MDS Foundation seeks to enhance the oral health of individuals by providing grants for sustainable programs that improve access to dental care. Currently, three grant options are available. Access to Care Grants are designed to help larger facilities directly address access needs in the Commonwealth. Targeted Grants are designed to help smaller organizations increase access directly in their community. Ambassador Grants are designed to help MDS members give back to the communities they serve while partnering with colleagues or other oral health organizations.

COVID-19 Recovery Fund

COVID19 Recovery Fund
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COVID-19 Recovery Fund

Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) member dentists have been hit hard financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the MDS Foundation established the COVID-19 Recovery Fund to support the needs of members. The fund has commitments of approximately $3.5 million. The Finance and Practice Workgroup has been researching various options on how to apply those funds to benefit MDS members who deliver access to care throughout the Commonwealth. This Workgroup was charged by the Board of Trustees with the responsibility of selecting the best option for distributing the Recovery Fund.

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Access to Care Grants

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Access to Care Grants
Access to CareThe MDS Foundation Access to Care Grants are designed to distribute funds in various amounts to applicants located in Massachusetts for projects benefiting citizens of the Commonwealth. Priority is given to proposals that have measurable improvement goals, show strong community support for the project, and are innovative in nature.

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Targeted Grants

Targeted Grants
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Targeted Grants
Targeted Grants

The MDS Foundation's Targeted Grants provide funding to organizations or programs that want to increase access to dental care on a smaller scale than the larger Access to Care Grants. Targeted Grants are limited to $2,000 and are open to public organizations.

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Grant Recipients

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Grant Recipients
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To date, the MDS Foundation Grant Program has awarded more than $450,000 to organizations to help increase access to oral care and education for underserved populations in the Commonwealth, generating sustainable oral care for more than 7,000 individuals. 

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