Thiru Family Trust Momentum Maker Grant

Funding changemaking ideas. Uplifting mental health.

The Thiru Family Trust Momentum Maker Grant (Momentum Maker) was established in 2023 thanks to a generous gift from the Thiru Family Trust. Momentum Maker embodies our shared passion for inspiring new paths to mental health and well-being in Arizona.

Each year, we identify a specific area of mental health-related need and award a single Momentum Maker grant package valued at $75,000 to address that need. Momentum Maker funding is designed to help grantees build capacity, innovate, test proof of concept, or expand early-stage projects.

Like so many people, I have had experiences that impacted my mental and physical health. Providing resources to improve mental health in our communities is an honor for our family, and a meaningful way to give back.

- Thiru Thangarathinam

Congratulations Cartwright School District No. 83

Improving mental health in schools was the focus of the 2023 Momentum Maker grant, and we are proud to announce that Cartwright School District No. 83 is our inaugural grantee!

The grant package — valued at $75,000 — provides Cartwright School District No. 83 with three dimensions of support to address the stress, anxiety, and uncertainty that the pandemic and school safety issues have created for students, teachers, and staff.

Expert guidance provided by Teen Lifeline on policies, practices, and guidance to bolster well-being and resilience

Trainings and skill-building sessions  (e.g., mindfulness, well-being promotion, etc.) provided by M2 Well-Being, experts in building teacher and staff capacity to strengthen their mental health

Flexible dollars for Cartwright School District to use for mental health-related activities that best address school needs

Looking Ahead to 2024

The 2024 Thiru Family Trust Momentum Maker Grant opportunity will be announced in early Q2 2024.

July 10 — August 10, 2023

Applications Accepted

4 p.m. MST on August 10, 2023

Application Deadline

September 14, 2023

Funding Date

September 15, 2023 — September 14, 2024

Grant Term

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