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ARCH/NZDA Dental Treatment Aid Grants for Low-income Adults

In partnership with Aotearoa Charity Hospital, the New Zealand Dental Association has established a grants programme that provides subsidies for one full course of dental treatment for adults who hold a community services card. The programme relies on the voluntary participation of dentists and dental assistants who offer their time and expertise without receiving payment. The purpose of this initiative is to ensure that individuals who are financially disadvantaged and in need of dental treatment can receive the necessary care without incurring additional costs. The commitment of these volunteer dentists and their assistants allows for the provision of essential dental services to those who may not have been able to access them otherwise.

The fees assigned to any treatment will be as per the CDA fee schedule (being a fee more equal to covering fixed overhead and dental materials cost with no component for dentist remuneration).

No co-payment can be charged to the patient.

In summary, these grants allow the provision of free dental care, with no remuneration to the dentist/dental assistants for their time. The allocation of the grant money is to cover the cost of some expenses.

Available Grants

10 x $10,000.00 Grants

The number of patients treated by the grant funding will be relative to the needs of the selected patients but to a maximum of $1000 per patient.

Eligibility Criteria

All primary applicants must be NZDA dentists. The primary applicants are welcome and encouraged to be supported by other dentists, other oral health professionals and assisting staff. Non-NZDA members are not eligible to apply for the ARCH/NZDA - Dental Aid Grants. Applicants who have demonstrated dedication and integrity in past charitable work will be prioritised over others.

Application Process

Applicants will be invited to submit their application to the NZDA Oral Health Promotion Manager between 9 October 2023 and 15 December 2023 for funding allocation the following year. 

Selection Process 

Grant recipient selection will apply the following criteria:

  1. The applicants localised/ target population is in high need of the treatment.
  2. The applicant has a history of dedication and integrity in charitable work.
  3. The funds will be used in a cost-effective manner and will not be used to cover the labour of the dentists or their team  involved.
  4. The applicants proposed reporting methods are adequate to measure the impact of the grant funds.
  5. The location of the dental practice and the area it serves will be considered to ensure there’s an equitable distribution across Aotearoa. 

Contact Anishma Ram for more information about ARCH/NZDA Dental Treatment Aid Grants.


To find out more about the ARCH/NZDA Dental Treatment Grants for Low-Income Adults please contact Anishma Ram.