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About the James McManus Fund


Dr. James H. McManus was a prominent Connecticut dentist during the latter part of the 19th century. Born in Hartford in 1836, he apprenticed with Dr. Hiram Preston, and graduated from the Philadelphia Dental School in 1865. Dr. McManus was one of the founders of the Hartford Dental Society and the Connecticut State Dental Association. He was elected President of the CSDA for two separate terms and served as a Vice President of the American Dental Association.

Following his death in 1920, a bequest of $10,000 was received by the Hartford Dental Society from the will of his second wife, Ella Burr McManus memorializing her husband, Dr. James McManus. These funds were placed in a separate trust administered by three Society members designated as Trustees. In 1963, the Fund was officially designated as a private tax exempt organization and incorporated as the James McManus Fund of the Hartford Dental Society Inc. In 1972, fund was changed to a public charitable foundation under section 509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.

Today, the foundation carries out it’s mission by providing grant money to qualified applicants.  


Grant Application Information

The Fund will respond to requests as received that enable the Fund to fulfill the following goals:

1) To encourage dental research and dental care by granting to accredited educational institutions sums for research or post graduate study in the dental field and in related fields, and to create, and/or improve, public facilities for the furtherance of proper dental care and health, and for the safeguarding of the health of the public in general.

2) To support activities relating to the study, teaching or practice of dentistry including programs to promote the study of dentistry. Grants or loans may be provided to students from Hartford County who display the ability and desire to attend dental school and are in need of financial aid.

3) To provide grants for the preservation of historical landmarks that are of significance to the dental profession and/or the history of dentistry.

Learn more about the guidelines for application.

Download a McManus Fund Grant Application Form.


McManus Fund Trustees

Trustee, Chair, Dr. Robert Mailloux (2014-2018)
Trustee,  Dr. Seth Kabakoff,  (2017-2021)
Trustee,  Dr. Bruce Nghiem,  (2015-2019)
Trustee,  Dr. William MacDonnell,  (2016-2020)