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The Northeastern PA Health Care Foundation Dental Care Grant

The Northeastern PA Health Care Foundation is accepting letters of intent for the 2014 Northeastern PA Health Care Foundation Dental Care Grant.  This is one grant up to $50,000 which is available to 501c3 organizations working to address the problem of lack of access to dental care for those with limited financial resources in Lackawanna, Luzerne, or Wyoming counties.  This is a significant issue in Northeastern PA, as there is currently a need for increased dental services for uninsured or economically disadvantaged individuals in our region.

The Northeastern PA Health Care Foundation is interested in supporting organizations that are working to provide dental care to individuals in our region lacking financial resources.  Data indicates that many people in northeastern PA have made a conscious decision to forgo dental care because of limited income and financial burdens.  The health consequences can be disastrous as poor oral health carries serious health risks for affected populations.  There are also equally grave economic consequences, as gaps in dental care and poor oral health adversely affect a person’s ability to secure and maintain long term employment.  As the populations most affected include the poor and low-income individuals and families, this issue compounds their inability to maintain economic independence and self-sufficiency.

Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations with 501c3 status in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties working to address the lack of access to dental care for those with limited financial resources are eligible to apply.

While not a requirement to receive the grant, nonprofit organizations that indicate evidence of collaboration with other organizations will receive preference.

Application Procedure (Two round review process):

Round 1

To apply, please provide a one page Letter of Intent via email detailing the proposed project or initiative and associated request to cathyf@safdn.org.  For additional information, please call 570-347-6203.

Letters of Intent are due September 1, 2014.

Round 2

Applicants whose LOIs are judged well will be invited to submit a grant application, which is due by October 1, 2014.  The grant will be awarded in December, 2014.