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The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is proud to announce the Mars Wrigley Foundation Community Service Grants programme. The programme encourages oral health professionals to design and implement oral health initiatives in high risk populations throughout New Zealand and Pacific Islands. 

New Zealand

This year US$30,000 is available to go towards vital oral health programmes and projects across New Zealand. The grants programme is providing five grants to the value of USD$1,000 each, five grants to the value of US$3,000 each and one grant of USD$10,000. 

5 x USD$1,000 for Oral Health Education Grants
5 x USD$3,000 for Oral Health Education and Treatment Grants 
1 x USD$10,000 for ‘Principles in Action’ Community Service Grant to help generate lasting change for a vulnerable and high-risk group

Pacific Islands

The Pacific Region Dental Aid Grant seeks to promote access to oral health education and treatment in the Pacific Islands, where the very high population-to-dentist ratio has created a virtually limitless need for dental aid. For the purpose of this programme, the Pacific Islands are defined as comprising New Guinea, New Caledonia, Torres Strait Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Micronesia, and Polynesia (the Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, the Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands, Wallis and Futuna, Tokelau, Niue, French Polynesia, and Easter Island).

This year the programme will provide one grant to the value of USD$5,000 to NZDA volunteer dentist(s) travelling to pacific region to provide aid work. 

Selection Criteria

The Grant Review Panel will evaluate applications using unweighted criteria:

Significance - the extent to which the application meets the ‘Project Summary’ criteria and offers a creative approach to improving the target community’s oral care and oral health education.

Outcome measures - the extent to which the application sets specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound outcome measures.

Feasibility - the extent to which the application demonstrates a logical and sound planning process for implementing the project, follows a timeline appropriate to the goals and outcomes set to be achieved, and indicates long term sustainability once the grant is completed


Registered NZDA dentists and NZDA student members are eligible to apply. Applications can also be submitted by a member dentist on behalf of a cross-functional team of allied dental professionals. 

Applications close 30 June 2023. 

Community Service Grants

Applications open NOW!!!

Closing 30 June 2023.

If you have questions regarding the Mars Wrigley Foundation Community Service Grants, please contact Annelise Scrimgeour.