Tackling the Oral Health gap

Wrigley Company Foundation and ADHF open applications for USD$295,200 in funds for Australian Community Service Grant projects

The Wrigley Company Foundation has signed a three year commitment with the Australian Dental Health Foundation (ADHF) to provide USD$295,000 in funding to help build the gap in access to oral care services and dental education throughout Australia. Open for the applications today, the grants recognise the vital need to improve Australia’s dental health by increasing the annual funding by 46 per cent from 2012.

Over USD$98,000 with be available annually through thirteen categories:

– 8 x USD$6,000 Community Service Grant for registered licensed dental professionals
– 4 x USD$6,000 Community Service Grant for currently enrolled dentistry students
– NEW 1 x USD$10,000 for ‘Principles in Action’ Community Service Grant to support large scale projects

Introduced in collaboration with ADA Inc in 2011, the Community Service Grants program is designed to encourage dentists, dental students and teams of allied dental professionals to set-up oral health services, education and provide treatments free-of-charge to some of Australia’s most disadvantaged communities. Grants provide the necessary funding to cover the purchase of supplies and other expenses, so that they can either commence or expand existing community service programs.

“A renewed three year partnership for the Community Service Grant program with the Wrigley Company Foundation will help the ADHF to make some critical in roads to improve the oral care for Australia’s most high risk groups and advance our mission to improve the nation’s oral health, ” said Peter Cronin, ADHF Chairman Advisory Board.

“ADHF and the Wrigley Company Foundation are united by their goal to improve Australia’s oral health. Given that recent studies show us that 40% of Australians cannot access dental care when they need it, we hope that this new grant commitment will support dental professionals to put their principles into action to make a difference in the community,” said Wrigley Managing Director Andrew Leakey.

Previous grantees who have made a difference for high risk groups such as, elderly, disabled, homeless, Indigenous or children’s groups, include the Kimberley Dental Team Inc; Cerebral Palsy Alliance; Tooth Mob; and Hope4Health (Griffith University).