AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme

The AIM Sustainability Grant Scheme, supported through the generosity of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, are intended to help medium and smaller sized members improve their medium and long term sustainability. 

To be eligible museums must have an annual turnover of less than £300,000 or less than 50,000 visitors a year.

This scheme, which began in 2006, is now its fourth phase and to date some 248 projects have been assisted with over £617,500 of grants. The wide range of applicants demonstrates the importance of sustainability issues to AIM members.

Funding is aimed at projects that: explore increased and/or diversified income streams and/or develop organisational resilience.

Examples of the type of project that AIM would be keen to fund are given below:


·         Development of business plans

·         Development of new business partnerships

·         Professional review of marketing strategies

·         Employment of a fundraising consultant

·         Governance review and succession planning

·         Employment of a catering consultant

·         Employment of a retail consultant

·         Employment of a marketing consultant

·         Governance review and succession planning

·         Implementation of the recommendations from an earlier AIM Grant Scheme funded review


In all cases the applicant must demonstrate the anticipated improvement in sustainability. 

Closing dates for the scheme are 1 June and 15 January in each year. 

Please note we can only accept the current application format noted as Scheme 4 - 2014 -2016. 

Earlier versions will not be accepted.

To download full guidance notes and application form use the link at the bottom of this page.

For further information contact Justeen Stone, AIM Administrator

Telephone 01584 878151 email

AIM Administrator, 3 Chestnut Grove, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1TJ


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