Wrigley Company Foundation and ADAF 2014 grants open

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The Wrigley Foundation grants are on offer again.
The Wrigley Foundation grants are on offer again.

Now in its fourth year, the Wrigley Company Foundation in partnership with the Australian Dental Association Foundation (ADAF), is proud to announce that applications for its Community Service Grants to help improve access to dental care to some of Australia’s most marginalised groups, opens April 7, 2014.

Introduced in collaboration with ADA Inc, in 2011, the community service grants program continues to make a difference to high risk groups such as elderly, disabled, homeless, Indigenous and children’s groups.

This year, the Wrigley Company Foundation in partnership with the Australian Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) will provide more than USD$82,000 in funds via thirteen grants:

* 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

* 1 x USD$10,000 for ‘Principles in Action’ Community Service Grant to support large scale projects

“Despite Australia having a world class health system, there are still disadvantaged groups that experience a shortfall in access to dental services,” said Andrew Leakey, General Manager, Wrigley Pacific.

“Dental caries remain a widespread health problem among Australians with more than 90 per cent of adults showing signs of treated or untreated dental decay  which makes the ADAF and Wrigley Company Foundation grants partnership so vital. We have a shared aim, through the grants, to help disadvantaged communities access free oral health services, treatments and education,” he concluded.

“The ADAF welcomes the renewed focus on Australia’s dental health system that the roll-out of the Government’s National Oral Health Plan will bring.  While there has been recent improvement in some public dental waiting lists, inequities in access to dental treatments remain for some at-risk groups so it’s vital the grants continue to support dentists, dental students and teams of dental professionals,” said Wendy Tancred, Chair of the ADAF Advisory Board.

Last year, the 2013 Wrigley Company Foundation and ADAF grants recruited more than 170 volunteers to cover 4,600 treatments. The volunteers completed more than 6,000 volunteer hours providing dental health care services and free treatments. The grants helped certain groups who have problems accessing dental care e.g. older Australians, people in low income households, Indigenous Australians, disadvantaged children and people living in rural and remote areas.

For the full application criteria and to apply for the Community Service Grants, visit www.adaf.org.au and download an application form (application forms available from 7th April 2014).  Applications close 4th July, 2014.

 

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