So far in 2021, MDF has given $121,224 in cash to 35 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, 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 non-profit 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 2021, 1,050 children were seen in 59 community clinics and private dental offices. The value of the services provided was approximately $460,000 by 500 volunteers, which included 89 dentists. COVID-19 had a significant impact on this program in 2021.
Carris Health Dental Clinic (FKA Rice Regional Dental Clinic), Willmar
CHI St. Joseph’s Health Community Dental, Park Rapids
Children’s Dental Services, Minneapolis
Community Dental Care – Maplewood
Community Dental Care – Robbinsdale
Community Dental Care – Rochester
Community Dental Care – St. Paul
Minnesota State University, Mankato Dental Hygiene, Mankato
Open Door Health Center, Mankato
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
Children’s Dental Health Services, Rochester
Fostering Love Project, Oakdale
Gillette Children’s Hospital Foundation, St. Paul
Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Minneapolis
Health Finders Collaborative, Faribault
Hope Dental Clinic, St. Paul
Lakewood Health System, Staples
Let’s Smile, Inc., Owatonna
Minnesota Dental Association – GKAS, Statewide
Minnesota State University Dental Hygiene, Mankato
Mission Outpost Dental Clinic, Burnsville
Portico Healthnet, St. Paul
Ready, Set, Smile, Minneapolis
Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Grand Marais
Sharing and Caring Hands, Minneapolis
Southside Community Health Services, Minneapolis
The Rochester Salvation Army Good Samaritan Dental Clinic, Rochester
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
Past Grant Recipients
Select any year below to view past grants given by the Minnesota Dental Foundation.