As the philanthropic and charitable arm of IKDDS, our mission is to improve the oral health of the public we serve by providing a source of funding for access to care and dental education programs throughout northeast Indiana.
Apply for a grant
The 2023 IKDEF Grant application deadline is MARCH 17, 2023. Click below to apply online.
2022 Grant Recipients
Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana
Neighborhood Health Clinic
St. Martin’s Healthcare
Visit Fort Wayne – Collaborative project with NCAA to benefit Vincent Village
The Diane Velpel Community Program
About the program
The Diane Velpel Project was started by the Alliance of Issac Knapp, and then transferred over to IKDEF in 2020 to carry on the project. Local schools and nonprofit organizations who serve lower income families are eligible to apply to receive free toothpaste/toothbrush kits to distribute to these families who may otherwise not receive these basic hygiene tools that promote proper oral care.
Beginning in 2021, The TowneHouse Retirement Community collects donations for the Isaac Knapp Dental Education Foundation’s Diane Velpel Community Program, which was matched by the BHI Foundation. This partnership allowed more toothpaste/toothbrush kits to be distributed to those in need in our community.
- Arlington Elementary School, FWCS
- Croninger Elementary School, FWCS
- Franciscan Center
- FWCS Career Academy
- Harris Elementary School, FWCS
- Indian Village Elementary School, FWCS
- Matthew 25
- Meridian Health Services
- Visit Fort Wayne
- YWCA of Northeast Indiana