Disaster Assistance Grants

Disaster Grants

A disaster is defined as a “sudden occurrence that inflicts widespread catastrophic damage to a large geographic area and/or that generally affects a large number of individuals.” Disasters can be either natural or caused by human conduct. Examples include, but are not necessarily limited to: civil disorders (excluding acts of war), explosions, fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, tidal waves, forest fires and hurricanes.

Criteria for determining eligibility of disaster grants are listed below. Any application for a disaster grant that does not meet all of these criteria will be denied.

  • As a result of the disaster, the applicant must show that he or she suffered property damages.
  • A disaster must be declared by a governmental agency, or be determined by the FDAF Board in accordance with the definition provided above.


Note that all applicants must submit an IRS Form W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification with both the FDAF Disaster Grant and Loan Program or with the Grant Program of the American Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) (see description below). If you are applying for both programs, only one Form W-9 is required.

The purpose of the ADA Foundation Disaster Assistance Grant Program is to provide assistance to members of the dental profession who have lost property in a declared disaster and to support provision of emergency dental care in areas affected by disasters. The ADA Foundation provides disaster grants in the following areas:

  • grants to dentists who have been affected by disasters to assist with immediate needs
  • grants to organizations which can provide dental services to affected areas

A dentist must submit the application directly to their component or constituent dental society.

Relief Grants

The purpose of the FDAF Relief Fund Program is to provide aid in the event of an emergency and temporary character to dentists and their deserving dependents that, because of accidental injury, a medical condition, disability or advanced age, are unable to meet basic living expenses. The FDAF Relief Fund operates under the same rules as the ADA Relief, which are provided below.