The Aviva Community Fund offers grant funding to voluntary and community organisations for projects that will make a real difference to local communities.
Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations or groups working for the good of their community and which have been in existence for at least six months.
To be eligible, projects must make a positive difference to people’s lives and address at least one of the following categories:
Health, disability and wellbeing.
Supporting the younger generation.
Supporting the older generation.
Sport in the community (new in 2016).
Environment in association with the Mirror (new in 2016).
The Community Fund operates like a competition, and all projects will be put forward to a public vote. Applicants are, therefore, encouraged to widely promote their projects and gather as much support from their local community as possible.
Projects can be entered under four levels of funding:
Up to £1,000
Up to £5,000
Up to £10,000
Up to £25,000
Groups must have an average annual income of less than £5 million in the last three years to be eligible (less than £100,000 for the up to £1,000 level of funding). Groups have an increased chance of winning if an insurance broker or financial adviser submits their entry and supports them, as there is an additional set of awards especially for projects submitted by brokers and financial advisers.
The most-voted for projects asking for up to £1,000 will secure their funding immediately, whilst the projects with the most votes asking for up to £5,000 or more will go through to the Finals and be judged by Aviva’s judging panel. In addition to the Awards listed above, 100 Helping Hand Prizes of £500 will be given out to projects submitted by Aviva customers, Aviva Investors clients, Aviva employees or any insurance brokers or financial advisers that are not successful in receiving one of the main Awards.
The public will be able to vote for their favourite projects from 21 October to 18 November 2016.
The deadline for project submissions is 11 October 2016.
Further information can be found on the Aviva Community Fund website at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/acfcms/about-the-competition