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Our Current Grants

We fund across three main programmes - Early Years, The Environment and Young People. AIM's previous nutrition grants are now administered by the Nutritional Wellbeing Foundation, and you can find out more about these on their website.

Early Years

Parent Infant Foundation (PIF) - £120,000 over three years
Parent Infant Foundation is committed to ensuring every baby has a loving and nurturing relationship laying the foundation for their emotional and physical wellbeing. AIM has been supporting PIF since 2019, and the latest multiyear grant awarded in June 2023 is unrestricted.

Best Beginnings - £90,000 over three years
Best Beginnings works to inform and empower parents to give their children the best start in life. They have developed a number of simple, educational and interactive tools, such as The Baby Buddy App. AIM contributes to their engagement work, that amplifies the voices of parents facing the greatest challenges and inequalities.

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) - £125,000 over three years
iHV’s core mission is improving the lives of all infants and their families through excellence in practice and reducing health inequalities. AIM’s latest grant is towards the core costs of their Perinatal Mental Health Team.

Home-Start UK - £105,000 over three years
Home-Start’s network of trained volunteers and expert support helps families with young children through challenging times. AIM’s grant is towards developing and delivering their new induction and development programme for senior leaders of their network of Home-start charities across the UK.

Association for Video Interaction Guidance (AVIGuk) - £25,000 over one year
AVIGuk works to promote the delivery and development of the effective, brief therapeutic intervention Video Interaction GuidanceTM (VIG) - a powerful strengths-based, brief intervention that promotes attunement, sensitivity, and mentalization in relationships between parents/carers and children. AIM’s second grant to AVIGuk is enabling them to fully embed the previously funded Data Collection System into VIG practice and provide the resources to analyse their growing database.

Early Years grants made on behalf of the Sylvia Adams Charitable Trust

AIM has also made a number of grants on behalf of Sylvia Adams, from funds donated to AIM when the charitable trust closed in 2022.

Cued Speech UK - £100,000 over one year
Towards their choices Programme: A free six-week programme offered Wales to parents of deaf children aged between 0 and 4 years of age in England and, designed to help parents navigate and explore the communication and language choices that are available to them.

Alstrom Syndrome UK - £340,000 over three years
Towards the core costs of their Breaking Down Barriers Project - Understanding genetics together. They have created a network of over 60 organisations working together to address health inequalities to improve the lives of families from diverse and marginalised communities who are affected by genetic conditions.

Wild Young Parents Project - £30,000 over one year
Towards Building a collaborative network to create intergenerational change for young parent families.

The Environment

AIM has responded to the urgent need to increase funding for environmental issues and have signed up to the Funder Commitment on Climate Change. This is a relatively new funding area for AIM. Initially support will be focussed on Restoring and protecting UK Rivers and Coastal Waters and Global Oceans and Coastal Waters. Priority areas are nature restoration when linked to carbon sequestration and working with communities.

River Action - £30,000 over one year
River Action is a UK-based environmental charity committed to addressing the severe problem of river pollution, particularly that caused by agricultural and food industry practices, and sewage discharge by water companies. This is AIM’s first grant to River Action, it is unrestricted and was awarded in July 2023.

Synchronicity Earth - £75,000 over three years
Synchronicity Earth focuses on overlooked critical problems in our oceans, such as poor governance, and their work is based on years of research and engagement with partners. AIM’s grant is towards the research and policy work of their Ocean Programme.

Blue Marine Foundation - £33,550 over one year
Blue Marine is dedicated to restoring the ocean’s health by addressing overfishing, securing marine protected areas, restoring marine habitats and connecting people with the sea. AIM’s grant funded a feasibility study in East Anglia’s coastal waters, where Blue Marine plans to develop a large scale restoration program for seagrass, salt marsh and oyster beds.

Association for Coastal Ecosystem Services (ACES) - £30,000 over one year
AIM is supporting their long-running, leading-edge blue carbon project in the Mikoko Kenya Mangrove in southern Kenya, which strongly emphasises the principle of community justice in carbon projects.

Central Office of Public Interest (COPI) - £40,000 over two years
AIM’s grant is towards the development of COPI’s creative campaign to raise public awareness of river pollution.

Environmental Funders Network - £1,000 over one year
AIM supports the Network’s mission is to increase the overall level of financial support for environmental causes and to help environmental philanthropy to be as effective as it can be.

Beaver Trust - £90,000 over three years
AIM is supporting Beaver Trust’s UK work to reintroduce beavers to help build climate resilient landscapes in the UK and restore freshwater habitats & the species that rely on them.

Blue Ventures - £30,000 over three years
AIM is supporting Blue Ventures pioneering blue carbon work in West Africa, supporting coastal communities with the secure tenure, management and monitoring tools, livelihoods support, and equitable access to climate finance they need to steward mangroves sustainably.

Young People

Impetus - £90,000 over 3 years
AIM has been a long-time funder of Impetus and their work to transform the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, by making sure they get the right support to succeed in school, work and life. In October 2022 AIM awarded a new multiyear unrestricted grant, which is being used to support Impetus’s research and policy work.

Young Minds - £80,000 over three years
Since 2017 AIM has been supporting Young Minds in its mission to ensure young people get the mental health support they need. AIM’s most recent grant is funding Young Minds’ policy team’s work to influence government and policy.

Anna Freud - £105,000 over three years
Anna Freud works to prioritise mental health and wellbeing of children and young people alongside academic attainment. AIM’s grant is towards Anna Freud’s work in schools, where they support teachers and school leaders to embed good mental health at the heart of their school communities.

MAC-UK -£90,000 over three years
MAC-UK builds Youth-Led Systems Change through a combination of youth work and community psychology. They bring young people’s voices into service design across justice, health, housing, education and social care. AIM’s most recent grant is supporting the work of AMC-UK’s Public Health Team.

Island Careers Partnership (ICP) - £15,000 over one year
This small Isle of Wight charity builds links between education and business to help guide young people into the world of work. In July 2023 AIM awarded a core funding grant to support ACP’s recruitment of a part time administrator.

Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition (CYPMHC) - £40,000 over one year
The CYPMHC brings together leading charities to campaign jointly on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. AIM ‘s most recent grant covered the costs of CYPMHC’s year-long enquiry into Behaviour and Mental Health in Schools.

Youthscape - £105,000 over three years
Guided by an advisory board of health care practitioners and teachers, Youthscape aims to help young people with their wellbeing. AIM recently continued its commitment to the Alumina program, a live online service for young people to seek help who are at risk of self-harm.

Youth Access - £85,000 over three years
Youth Access is a national membership organisation for Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services across the UK. AIM’s first grant to Youth Access is towards the cost of its Community Communications Officer.

The Children’s Society - £90,000 over three years
AIM continues to support the Children’s Society East by contributing to the role of a Young Carer Support Worker in Essex. This role provides one-to-one and group sessions, organising and supporting family activities and developing self-care resources to support hidden young carers.

Place2Be - £100,000 over three years
Place2Be is a children and young people's mental health charity working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools. AIM’s grant supports their qualifying programme, providing accredited training for people from diverse backgrounds to become in-school counsellors.

The Prince’s Trust - £75,000 over three years
The Prince’s Trust is a national charity supporting young people from disadvantaged communities and facing the greatest adversity by to build the confidence and skills to live, learn and earn. AIM is funding their Employment & Enterprise Programme in Essex.

Sustainable Wellbeing & Family Funds

Hot Or Cool – £295,000 over three years
Based in Berlin, Germany, Hot or Cool uses science to push for systemic change to address the sustainability challenge. AIM supports their Sustainable Wellbeing Programme, specifically the further development of the Happy Planet Index. This is a measure of sustainable wellbeing, ranking countries by how efficiently they deliver long, happy lives using limited environmental resources.

Family Fund Donations

  • Little Village HQ - £1,000

  • Atlantic Salmon Trust - £1,000

  • Friends of St Nicholas Field (St Nicks) - £1,000

  • Campaign Against Living Miserably - £1,000

  • Country Trust- £10,000

  • British Red Cross - £1,000

  • The Silver Line C/O Age UK - £1,000

  • Young Epilepsy - £1,000

For details of AIM’s previous grants, please either see our annual reports & accounts or 360 Giving.

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