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Carolyn's Causes Mini-Grant

To honor the memory of Carolyn Rustvold, a gifted pediatric OT in our community whose life was taken, NMOTA is hosting information about the Carolyn’s Causes Mini-Grant.

Carolyn Rustvold was a giving, passionate person who believed she could make a difference in the world. She was an occupational therapist by career choice and worked through the Albuquerque Public Schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico with children with developmental disabilities. Carolyn really enjoyed the children and her gift with them was obvious to all who watched their interaction. She honestly believed that she could make a difference.


Carolyn’s friends and family created a fund in Carolyn’s honor called Carolyn’s Causes. To honor Carolyn’s memory, Carolyn’s Causes funds mini-grants to to help pay for specialty training, equipment, supplies or other items that may help people in New Mexico function in their daily activities, the things they want to do, need to do or have to do in the job of life.

Who can apply:

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Educators, Parents, families, students, families, people who have difficulty completing their activities in some way or other therapists (SLP, PT…). Carolyn’s Causes decides on grants based on the need, the amount and the qualifications of the person asking for the grant.  There is no deadline.


How to apply:

  1. Send a letter to Carolyn’s causes describing the need for the mini-grant. Please offer specifics about how the funds will be used. (Mailing address listed below)

  2. Include a budget that describes the how the funds will be used.  Please include costs and any pictures (with no client details/information) that can help the mini-grant reviewers make their decision.  

  3. Include your contact information and the best mailing address for a check to be sent in the event that the mini-grant is approved.

  4. If your grant is funded, please write a thank-you letter and include any pictures (with no client details/information) of the training/materials/products…so that Carolyn’s Causes can see the results of the mini-grant.


Please note: NMOTA hosts this information to honor Carolyn's memory and as a service to the community. NMOTA does not respond to requests for the mini-grant or have any influence on the mini-grant decision. 

Contact Carolyn's Causes

Mail To: Carolyn’s Causes, c/o Kay Thurman

10528 Ridge Top Ct. NW

Albuquerque, NM 87114

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