1. Nutrition for Health and Wellbeing
The Food Foundation
The Food Foundation focuses on changing food policy and business practices to help ensure everyone in the UK can afford a healthy and sustainable diet. AIM has provided a grant of £25,000 to the Food Foundation for an in-depth study on early years food and nutrition and how it may contribute to high levels of overweight and obesity in early childhood.
School Food Matters
School Food Matters teaches children about food and aim to improve school children’s access to healthy and sustainable food. Their project, Young Marketeers, allows children to experience the joy of growing fresh fruit and vegetables and developing their skills by selling their produce at the London Borough Market. AIM has committed to a £50,000 grant over two years so that School Food Matter can continue with their Young Marketeers project.
In addition, AIM’s funding will allow them to pilot their other programme of improving the food offer in breakfast and after school clubs, as well as helping schools to develop and implement school food policies that put children’s health first, in three extra schools in another London Borough.
Sustain – Children’s Food Campaign
Sustain is an alliance of organisations and communities working together for better food, farming and fishing. They advoke for food and agriculture policies and practices that have the health and welfare of people and animals at their centre.
AIM has awarded a grant of £25,000 to support putting pressure on the government to explore the feasibility of introducing universal free school meals and campaigning for healthy school meals.
2. Early Years
A new three-year total grant of £90,000 has been awarded to contribute the salary of their Engagement Lead to amplify the voices of those parents who are disproportionately face inequalities and thereby the impact of Best Beginnings in giving every child the best start in life.
Parent Infant Foundation
An increase was awarded to the second and third year’s funding allowing the salary costs for a full-time Parliamentary and Communications Officer to be covered.
3. Young People
Youth Access is the national membership organisation for youth information, advice and counselling services. Working together with their members Youth Access, provide a unified voice for the youth advice and counselling sector, and support young people to drive change.
AIM has committed £28,218 for three year to part fund a full time Communications and Membership Officers who will help ensure that every young person has access to the support they need by improving the availability, accessibility, and quality of support they receive from local, community based services.
Impetus has taken a leading role in responding to the crisis affecting young people on the national stage. They were founding partners in two major projects: the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) and the Youth Employment Group (YEG). AIM’s continued unrestricted support of made it possible for them to seize these opportunities and play a key role in high-level policy decisions.
The second year grant of £25,000 of three year commitment towards their policy team has been made. Our funding helped Young Minds to run a campaign, Beyond Tomorrow, aimed at reducing the impact of COVID-19 on young people’s mental health. Through this campaign, they secured an extra £4 million for mental health charities, a new cross-governmental task force, and increased support in schools and the community in order to provide earlier interventions that prevent the escalation of mental health issues.
The third year’s grant of £25,000 for a young carer support worker at Children’s Society East. This role provides one-to-one and group sessions, organising and supporting family activities and developing self-care resource to support hidden young carers, who have the weight of extra responsibilities, such as caring for family members due to parental mental illnesses or substance dependency.
Blue Marine Foundation
Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) is dedicated to restoring the ocean’s health by addressing overfishing, securing marine protected areas, restoring marine habitats and connecting people with the sea. BLUE has both projects in the UK and all over the world.
AIM has committed to £33,550 for a feasibility study in East Anglia’s coastal waters. Blue hope to use their previous experience to develop a large scale restoration program for seagrass, salt march and oyster in the area.
Synchronicity Earth focuses on overlooked problems in our oceans. They focus on three critical areas: poor governance, lack of knowledge and lack of philanthropic funding. Synchronicity Earth’s work is based on seven years of research, funding and engagement with their “small but mighty” partners.
AIM has committed a grant of £25,000 per year for three years to Synchronicity Earth. Synchronicity Earth is a flexible strategic, and forward-thinking grant-maker willing to take measured risks and would allocate all AIM’s funding to where most needed.