HDS Foundation Grant Guidelines

The Hawaii Dental Service Foundation (HDS Foundation) is a charitable foundation established in 1986 by Hawaii Dental Service, Hawaii’s leading dental benefits provider.

June 15 (notification by end of September)
December 15 (notification by end of March)



The HDS Foundation’s objective is to improve oral health in the communities where HDS operates (Hawaii, Guam and Saipan). Grants will be limited to projects related to the advancement of oral health. HDS will consider programs and projects that promote:

  • Oral health education
  • Prevention of oral disease
  • Access to dental care by underserved populations



To be eligible for funding consideration, an organization must be a charity with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Governmental programs are also eligible.

Grants will NOT be considered for:

  • Multi-year pledges
  • Individuals
  • Endowments
  • Religious programs
  • Political organizations or campaigns
  • Operational expenses for United Way organizations
  • Research projects


Requests should include:

  • A brief history and mission of the organization
  • A project description stating objective and timeline
  • A statement of need or opportunity that this project will address
  • The project's proposed budget and other funding sources
  • A plan to measure the program's effectiveness
  • A plan for acknowledgment of HDS Foundation


Supporting Documentation:

  • Internal Revenue Service determination letter of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • List of current board of directors
  • Current operating budget


Application Deadlines

The HDS Foundation meets twice per year. 

June 15 (notification by end of September)
December 15 (notification by end of March)