2015 grants

Grant Recipients

The MDS Foundation Grants Programs focus on the Foundation's primary goals of improving the oral health of all of the citizens of Massachusetts, and increasing access to care for under-served populations in the state. Each year the MDS Foundation awards gifts from its three grant programs: Access to care, Targeted Grants, and our new Ambassador Grants.  

2016 Grant Recipients

Access to Care Grants

Congratulations to our 2016 MDS Foundation Access to Care Grant Recipients! The following organizations have been awarded Access to Care grants to assist them in increasing the timely use of dental services to achieve the best oral health outcomes for the residents of the Commonwealth.

  • Boston - $25,000 was granted to Bridge Over Troubled Water to support the cost of day-to-day operations for its in-house dental clinic. The clinic provides basic dental services to homeless youth in an environment that encourages them to maintain daily oral hygiene habits, make follow-up appointments to complete dental procedures, and understand the importance of participating in consistent dental health care.
  • Boston - $15,000 was granted to the Forsyth Institute to expand the ForsythKids school oral health program to provide preventive care to low-income teen moms and their children, as well as to minor immigrants lacking parental custody. The ForsythKids dental team brings full comprehensive dental services to children where they live and learn–at no cost to their families–to build a foundation for a lifetime of good oral health.
  • Valley - $16,636.29 was granted to Springfield Technical Community College to develop a low- and reduced-cost dental clinic with its current dental facility. This program will utilize a clinic on campus to provide restorative dental care at free and reduced cost to underserved populations in the Springfield community.

Targeted Grant Recipients

  • Metropolitan - $2,000 to support Monster Fun Day hosted by WEEI radio in partnership with the Metropolitan District Dental Society
  • North Shore - $1,980 to the Children’s Dental Center to support cost of transporting children to appointments from school
  • Southeastern - $2,000 to the Elder Dental Program to support cost of administering the reduced-cost program
  • Cape Cod - $2,000 to Cape Cod Community College for the purchase of a portable hygiene unit
Oral Hygiene Kits
  • Cape Cod - 1,300 kits to Cape Kid Meals
  • Cape Cod - 250 child and adult kits to St. David’s Church
  • Cape Cod - 500 adults kits to Vinfen Crisis Stabilization Center
  • Worcester - 200 adult and child kits to the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

2015 Grant Recipients

The MDS Foundation Grant Program focuses on the Foundation's primary goals of improving the oral health of all of the citizens of Massachusetts, and increasing access to care for underserved populations in the state. Congratulations to the following organizations and programs, which received Access to Care grants in 2015: 

  • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester to build an additional operatory which will increase patient capacity and decrease wait times
  • Volunteers in Medicine (VIM Berkshires) in Great Barrington to fund a part-time hygienist and a six-month quality assessment position
  • Community Health Center of Cape Cod in Mashpee to purchase an autoclave, mobile cart, Dentrix software, and hygiene instruments 
  • Boston Medical Center in Boston to provide implant-supported over dentures to the underprivileged
  •  Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Boston to support the cost of day-to-day operations for an in-house dental clinic 
  • Forsyth Institute (multiple locations) receive a grant to expand the Forsyth Kids School oral health program, providing preventive care to school-aged children, as well as children living in transitional housing

2014 Grant Recipients

Massachusetts Dental Society Foundation Awards Grants to Oral Health Programs

The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) Foundation recently awarded its third annual round of "Expanding Access to Dental Care" grants, totaling more than $46,000 to three organizations in Massachusetts. The goal of the grants is to improve the oral health of residents of the Commonwealth.

Congratulations to:

  • Community Health Connections, in Fitchburg, will purchase dental equipment and chairs to furnish two additional operatories.
  • Greater New Bedford Community Dental Center, in New Bedford, will purchase equipment and supplies to add endodontic and oral surgical procedures for patients.
  • The Forsyth Institute, in Cambridge, will expand the Forsyth Kids School Oral Health Program to additional sites and provide dental exams, cleanings, fluoride varnish, and sealants to preschool children.