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AAP Foundation Disaster Grants

AAP Foundation offers Disaster Relief Grants to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma:

The AAP Foundation and the AAP are deeply saddened to hear of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. We hope that those in the affected areas have stayed safe. If your practice has been affected by the floods, please review our posted information regarding disaster relief grants.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PERIODONTOLOGY FOUNDATION DISASTER GRANTS

Adopted: April 12, 2013

General Purpose

The purpose of AAPF Disaster Grants is to provide assistance to AAP members who are victims of disasters. AAPF provides disaster grants in the following areas:

• grants to AAP members who have been affected by disasters to assist with immediate needs. Access the Application Form here.

• grants to universities and other organizations associated with periodontics.

Responsibility for Programs

The awarding of grant monies is at the sole discretion of the Board and is not a right or entitlement of the applicant. Activities are funded through charitable contributions and earnings on funds held.

Fundraising

AAPF may, at its discretion, conduct a campaign or other fundraising activities to solicit monies in order to allow it to conduct its charitable purposes. AAPF may at any time suspend any or all grant activity when, in the opinion of the Board, there are insufficient monies available to continue specific program activity, or when in the opinion of counsel, continuation of the activity may jeopardize the ability of AAPF to obtain or retain a tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. AAPF may, at the discretion of the Board, make charitable grants to other section 501(c)(3) dental-related organizations.

Application

Individual applicants must complete an application form. An application is not needed for institutions. Institutional applicants should supply a written proposal and may be submitted directly to AAPF. The Board shall be the sole authority for
accepting and denying applications unless a review committee is so authorized by the Board. Until further notice, the Board authorizes the Executive Committee to rule on grant applications.

General Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the AAPF Disaster Grant Program must be AAP members in good standing.

Verification of Financial Data

As one method to verify financial data, an individual or organizational applicant may be asked to submit the most recent year's federal income tax return with the application. If the applicant is married but filed a separate tax return, the returns of both the applicant and spouse may be required.

All applicants authorize AAPF to make such inquiries as may be necessary to independently verify the accuracy of any of the submitted application information, if needed.

GRANTS TO AAP MEMBERS AFFECTED BY DISASTERS

1. Purpose:
The purpose of disaster grants is to provide a small measure of immediate financial assistance to needy eligible beneficiaries, as defined in this section, who are victims of a disaster. A disaster is defined as a "sudden occurrence which inflicts widespread catastrophic damage to a large geographic area and/or which generally affects a large number of individuals." Disasters can be both natural and 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.

2. Eligible Beneficiaries:
Any AAP member who is a victim of a disaster may apply to AAPF for a grant.

3. Circumstances Determining Eligibility for Grants:
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.

a. As a result of the disaster, the applicant must show that he or she suffered property damages.

b. A "disaster" must be declared by a governmental agency, or be determined by the Board in accordance with the definition provided in paragraph 1 above.

Applicants to the AAPF Disaster Grant Program must be AAP members in good standing. Current officers, directors, and employees of the AAP and AAPF, and their spouses, dependent children and parents shall not be eligible to apply for or receive any grants, scholarships or other financial assistance from AAPF.

4. Evaluation of Application and Procedures for Processing:
Upon receiving the application from the applicant the AAPF Board of Directors shall determine and attest that: (1) in its judgment, a disaster did occur under the definition provided in these Rules, (2) the disaster was declared by a governmental agency, if applicable, (3) the applicant suffered damages, and (4) the application form and certification are signed by the applicant.

Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis after evaluating the applicant's loss and his/her need. All applicants authorize AAPF to make financial inquiries as may be necessary to verify the accuracy of any of the submitted application information. The awarding of grant monies is at the sole discretion of the Board and is not a right or entitlement of the applicant.

5. Term of Grant:
Grants for disaster assistance shall be offered only once per applicant per disaster as defined in these Rules.

6. Amount of the Grant:
The grant amount for any disaster applicant shall be determined at the discretion of the Board based on applicant needs, but shall not exceed $3,000, depending on funds available.

GRANTS TO ORGANIZATIONS TO PROVIDE DENTAL CARE FOLLOWING DISASTERS

1. Purpose:
The purpose of grants to organizations is to provide needed dental care in communities affected by a disaster, as defined in these Rules.

2. Eligible beneficiaries:
Any formal or informal (e.g. group of volunteer dentists) dental-related organization that can provide dental services to victims of a disaster is eligible for participation in such grants.

3. Circumstances Determining Eligibility for Grants:
Criteria for determining eligibility for organizational disaster grants are listed below. Any application for a disaster grant that does not meet all of these criteria will be denied.

a. A "disaster" must be declared by a governmental agency, or be determined by the Board in accordance with the definition provided in paragraph 1 above.

b. Emergency dental care is needed by victims of the disaster.

4. Evaluation of Application and Procedures for Processing:

There is no application form for this grant. The applicant should supply a proposal for consideration by the Board. Upon receiving the proposal from the organization, the AAPF Board will determine and attest that (1) in its judgment, a disaster did occur under the definition provided in these Rules and (2) the disaster was declared by a governmental agency, if applicable.

5. Term of Grant:
Grants for disaster assistance shall be offered only once per organization per disaster.

6. Amountof the Grant:
The grant amount for any disaster applicant shall be determined at the discretion of the Board based on applicant needs, but shall not exceed $5,000, depending on funds available.

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