Dental Public Health Award Nominations and Endowment Grant Applications
now being accepted.

In keeping with its work and mission, the N.C. Dental Society Foundation is pleased to announce its:

  • Dental Public Health Award, which is a gift of $1,500 to a deserving organization and presented at the N.C. Public Health Association’s Spring, 2022 Education Conference.
  • Endowment Grant Program, which will award up to four organizations with a gift of $5,000/each to be used to further the oral health needs in NC.

For both categories, nominees must have met one or more of the following objectives:

  • Improved the oral health outcomes of children and/or adults (direct services)
  • Improved access to dental services
  • Collaborated with community partners to meet the community’s oral health needs
  • Educated public on importance of preventative oral health practices

Nominees must be tax-exempt nonprofit organizations or clinics (public and private sector) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a government agency.

If your organization was a past recipient in 2020 in either category, you will need to wait one full year (until 2022) to apply in either category.

Please complete and submit an application / nominee form.

Email the form (along with any other required materials) before or by Monday, November 1, 2021 with DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH AWARD APPLICATION or ENDOWMENT GRANT APPLICATION in the subject line to NC Dental Society Foundation c/o

“Throughout a person’s life,
the relationship between oral
health, overall health and
well-being is based on prevention.”

OUR MISSION: Helping dentists help patients.


OUR VISION: A better quality of life for North Carolinians through improved oral health.


The North Carolina Dental Society Foundation is committed to serving children and adults from underserved households through education, prevention and free-clinic settings. Through financial contributions and volunteerism, we work to improve oral health for North Carolinians.


We help North Carolinians in need – including children, veterans and adults. Some have never been to a dentist. From prevention and education to treatment, the Foundation focuses on individuals in dire need. More than 35% of children enter kindergarten with some tooth decay, and 21% of seniors statewide have lost all their teeth. We put smiles back on the faces of our neighbors.


Throughout the state, gifts to the Foundation from individuals, corporations, agencies and communities are transforming lives. People once reluctant to smile or talk because they were embarrassed about their teeth are now smiling again. Kids who couldn’t focus in school due to pain are healthier and learning.

Spotlight On A Super Student

Nihar Thakkar

“The North Carolina Dental Society Foundation holds a special place in my heart, not only because it helped foster my aspirations in dentistry, but also because of how strongly rooted the mission of improving oral health is within the Foundation.


I have witnessed first-hand the impact that the Foundation has on the community and hope to continue giving back in the future.”


Nihar is a high school senior at Green Hope High School who has recently been accepted into the University of Pennsylvania’s 7 year dental program for the Fall of 2021.


He has volunteered with the NCDS Foundation for 3 summers, raising over 135 lbs of oral health essentials and $1,000 in grant funding to support oral health for North Carolina Troops.


Thank you for all of your hard work, and congratulations on your acceptance into the UPenn dental program. We know you will go far!



Better oral health begins with a strong Foundation.

With the generosity of our donors and
community partners, we can make an even bigger impact.