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In 2023, MDF gave $301,221 in cash to 36 projects. Some of the recipients may have received assistance on more than one project. 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 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 seen at non-profit clinics. In 2023, 1,316 children were seen in 68 community clinics and private dental offices. The value of the services provided was approximately $ 847,000 by 1,027 volunteers, which included 149 dentists.

CentraCare Dental Clinic, Willmar
Central Lakes College, Brainerd
CHI St. Joseph’s Community Dental, Park Rapids
Children’s Dental Services, Minneapolis
Community Dental Care, Buffalo
Community Dental Care, Maplewood
Community Dental Care, Robbinsdale
Community Dental Care, Rochester
Community Dental Care, St. Paul
Lake Superior College Dental Hygiene Clinic, Duluth
Minnesota State University, Mankato
University of Minnesota GKAS, 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.

CARE Clinic, Red Wing
CHI St. Joseph’s Health, Park Rapids
Children’s Dental Health Services, Rochester
Community Dental Care, Buffalo
Gillette Children’s Hospital Foundation, St. Paul
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Minneapolis
Hope Dental Clinic, St. Paul
Let’s Smile, Inc., Owatonna
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mission Outpost Dental Clinic, Burnsville
Mobile Loaves Twin Cities, Minneapolis
Northern Dental Access Center, Bemidji
Northern Dental Access Center, Halstad
Ready, Set Smile PA, Minneapolis
The Salvation Army’s Good Samaritan Dental Clinic, Rochester
United Family Medicine, 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

Internal Programs

Funding has been provided for four internal programs – Donated Dental Services, Give Kids a Smile, Minnesota Mission of Mercy, and Retired Dentist Program.

Past Grant Recipients

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