Community Service Grants
Over the past eight years, the Mars Wrigley Foundation and the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) Community Service Grants programme has provided vital funds to dental professionals and students, enabling them to implement community projects to improve the oral health education and treatment in high risk New Zealand and Pacific Island communities (comprising of New Guinea, New Caledonia, Torres Strait Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Niue, the Solomon Islands, Micronesia, and Polynesia).
Between 2012 - 2019, the grants programme has:
- Provided 28,734 individuals access to oral care education
- Screened and treated around 3,060 individuals in need
- Enabled 693 volunteer dental professionals to donate 7,517 hours of their time to improving the oral health outcomes of local communities
The retail costs of last year's programme alone was $268,151.77
The 2020 Mars Wrigley Foundation and NZDA Community Service Grants programme will continue to encourage dental professionals to implement oral health community service projects to provide treatments and education to high risk communities.