Grant Archives


So far in 2019, MDF has given $161,916 in cash and/or in-kind services to 48 projects. Some of the recipients may have received assistance on more than one project. Of those dollars, funding was provided for six internal programs – the Minnesota Mission of Mercy, Donated Dental Services, Martha Mordini Rukavina Loan Forgiveness Program, Minnesota’s Heroes Orthodontic Program and the Retired Dentist Program. All of the funded programs help increase access to care for underserved populations or help to build a sustainable oral health workforce in Minnesota.

Give Kids a Smile

The following community clinics received funding and/or in-kind support for the two-day charitable program in February that provides free preventive and restorative dental care to children from low-income families. Grant monies help defray the costs for dental supplies and oral health education materials for the children. In 2019, 1,192 children were seen in 113 community clinics and private dental offices. The value of the services provided was approximately $1.1 million by 1,185 volunteers, which included 263 dentists.

Central Lakes College, Brainerd
CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Dental Clinic, Park Rapids
Children’s Dental Services, Minneapolis
Children’s Dental Health Services, Rochester
Community Dental Care, Maplewood
Community Dental Care, Robbinsdale
Community Dental Care, Rochester Eastwood
Community Dental Care, St. Paul
Hope Dental Clinic, St. Paul
Lake Superior College, Duluth
Minnesota State University – Mankato, Mankato
Northwest Technical College, Bemidji
Rice Regional Dental Clinic, Willmar
St. Cloud Technical College Dental Clinic, St. Cloud
University of MN School of Dentistry, Minneapolis

Community Outreach

A number of community-based clinics and outreach programs provide critical dental services to children and adults who otherwise would not have access to oral health care.

Apple Tree Dental, Mounds View
CARE Clinic, Red Wing
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud, St. Cloud
Doorstep Healthcare Services, Inc., St. Louis Park
Fostering Love, Oakdale
Free Clinic of Steele County, Owatonna
Gillette Children’s Hospital Foundation for Gillette Children’s Specialty Care, St. Paul
Give Kids a Smile, Statewide
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Minneapolis
Health Finders Collaborative, Faribault
Jericho Road Ministries, Minneapolis
Just Kids Dental, Two Harbors
Let’s Smile, Inc., Owatonna
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Nela Shing Dental Clinic, Onamia
Minnesota State University-Mankato Dental Clinic, Mankato
Mission Outpost Dental Clinic/Prince of Peace Church, Burnsville
North Shore Health Care Foundation, Grand Marais
Northern Dental Access Center, Bemidji
Open Cities Health Center, St. Paul
Open Door Health Center, Mankato
Ready Set Smile, Minneapolis
Sharing and Caring Hands, Minneapolis
Southside Community Health Services, Minneapolis
The Rochester Salvation Army Good Samaritan Dental Clinic, Rochester
West Side Dental Clinic – Bright Smiles Program, St. Paul

Allied Dental Education Programs

The following organization in Minnesota received a grant to help with resources to assist with educating dental auxiliaries while providing care to the underserved.

Central Lakes College, Brainerd

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