West Michigan Dental Foundation
We are dedicated to the improvement of oral health through the financial support of educational and service programs to address needs identified by the dental profession and the communities which it serves in Kent, Ottawa, Ionia, Mecosta and Montcalm counties.
WMDF Tuition Grant Program
For over 20 years, the West Michigan Dental Foundation Tuition Grant Committee, in cooperation with several dental organizations, awards Tuition Grants to qualified students presently pursuing careers in dentistry, dental assisting and dental hygiene. Each year the Tuition Grant Committee determines the grant recipients through an application and interview process. Grants range from $500 to $5,000 for applicants. Grant monies are made possible by gifts from the West Michigan District Dental Society, West Michigan Dental Foundation, Kent County Dental Society and Grand Rapids Dental Hygienists’ Society. The grant awards are based on the applicant’s financial need, academic credentials, and the committee interview. There is no obligation to repay these grants. It is the desire of the WMDF that the student will become a supportive member of the Foundation and the West Michigan dental community.Learn more about our Tuition Grant Program
WMDF Community Grant Program
The West Michigan Dental Foundation Community Grant Program supports projects that impact oral health within its five county service area. Grants are generally limited to no more than fifty percent of the total cost of the program or project. Priority is given to educational projects, treatment based projects, supplies, and equipment. The Foundation does not generally support salaries, operations, or research-based projects.Request more information about our Community Grant Program
The Adult Dental Services Program (ADSP)
The Adult Dental Services Program provides access to volunteer dentists for those with limited incomes that are just above the eligibility thresholds for government dental assistance. A volunteer dentist designs and executes a treatment plan in the familiar setting of their practice. Grants managed by the West Michigan Dental Foundation are used to run the initiative, including laboratory procedures. This collaborative effort provides approximately 13 dollars of philanthropic dental care for every grant dollar.Learn more about the ADSP