Community Service Grants
Over the past nine years, the Mars Wrigley Foundation 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, Tonga, the Solomon Islands, Micronesia, and Polynesia).
Between 2012 - 2020, the grants programme has:
- Provided 29,123 individuals access to oral care education
- Screened and treated around 3,400 individuals in need
- Enabled 747 volunteer dental professionals to donate 8,431 hours of their time to improving the oral health outcomes of high-risk and vulnerable communities
The retail costs of last year's programme alone was $185,157
The 2021 Mars Wrigley Foundation and NZDA Community Service Grants programme will continue to encourage dental professionals to implement oral health community service projects that provide oral health treatment and education to high risk and vulnerable communities.