Apply for a Grant

The HDS Foundation was established in 1986 by Hawaii Dental Service to improve the oral health of Hawaii’s communities. Grants are distributed twice a year to local non-profit organizations for programs and projects that provide oral health education, prevent oral disease, and increase access to dental care for underserved populations.



We welcome your oral health-related proposal and appreciate your organization’s efforts in supporting our community.



2018 Grant Recipients

The HDS Foundation has invested more than $1.4 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in 2018 for oral health programs and activities statewide.


Aloha Medical Mission

For operating support of the dental clinic that offers free dental services for those who qualify, and relocation of their clinic to a new site.


Center for Independent Documentary

For a documentary film about a Samoan novelist Sia Figiel and her journey living with obesity, diabetes and bipolar disorder, and how complications from diabetes led her to lose all her teeth.


Dental Lifeline Network

For the Hawaii Donated Dental Services program. Volunteer dentists and dental labs provide free oral health services to vulnerable residents especially the disabled and elderly.


Hamakua Health Center

For the re-opening of the Tooth Bus to provide dental services for underserved children in the North Hawai‘i region.


Hui Malama Na Oiwi

To provide preventive oral health education to 9,000 adults who are 60 years and older on the Big Island.


Hui No Ke Ola Pono

For expansion of dental services to children which includes hiring a pediatric dentist and a new dental chair and equipment.


Kalihi Palama Health Center

For dental equipment and furnishings for the Hawaii Dental Service Wing which will include seven dental suites and will allow expansion of services to 600 additional patients.


Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services

For the expansion of oral health services to preteens enrolled at two Kalihi middle schools, and continued support for mobile oral health services at seven elementary schools.


The Queen’s Medical Center

For purchase of a Cone Beam Computer Technology which will improve the quality of care for dental patients, and patients with extreme facial trauma, developmental deformity, disfigurement from tumors, cysts, and oral and head cancer facial surgery.


University of Hawaii – Maui College

For Give Kids a Smile project, and Smiles for Maui County, a pilot in-school tooth brushing/fluoride project targeting kindergarteners and first-graders.


University of the Pacific - Teledentistry Pilot Program

For the fourth year of the teledentistry demonstration project on the Big Island and Maui. Provides dental services to children and seniors at community sites such as schools, transitional housing communities, and nursing homes.


Waimanalo Health Center

For new dental equipment for their clinic including a digital X-ray system and autoclave.


West Hawaii Community Health Center

For consolidation of their services at one location in Kealakekua and to expand dental services to include adults.