Request issued for children's oral health proposals

American Dental Association Foundation sets postmark deadline of July 8, 2005 for 2006 projects.

The American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) has issued a request for proposals (RFP), helping to improve children's oral health under its Samuel Harris Fund for Children's Dental Health. The RFP is for 2006 projects.

The ADAF, charitable arm of the American Dental Association, established the Harris Fund as a permanent endowment dedicated to the prevention of childhood tooth decay.

It awards competitive grants of up to $5,000 to applicants, whose oral health promotion programs seek to improve and maintain children's oral health through community education programs.

ORAL HEALTH PROGRAMS CONSIDERED

Proposals considered will request up to $5,000 and are from community-based, not-for-profit organizations in the United States or its territories. In addition, the postmark date must be on or before July 8, 2005.

Examples of qualified oral health promotions include:

*dental health education conducted at schools, health fairs and social agencies, via mobile dental clinics or outreach programs;

*dental health education programs in conjunction with preventive programs such as fluoride and dental sealant application programs;

*oral health and nutrition education materials designed for parents and/or
dental professionals;

*instruction in the proper use of oral care products;

*development of public service announcements (PSAs) to increase awareness of and appreciation for proper childhood oral care.

Last year, the ADAF supported 43 projects, with grants totaling nearly $190,000 through its Harris Fund.

For program details visit www.ada.org/ada/prod/adaf/prog_access_harris.asp or contact Lisa F. Barron, director of programs, ADA Foundation, at barronl@ada.org or 312-440-4639.

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