UPDATE - This year, Aviva has introduced a ‘Sport in the Community’ category, which means the hundreds of thousands of grassroots sports clubs across the UK can apply or reapply for funding in a sport-specific category this time around.
Currently closed for 2016.
Voluntary and community groups from across the UK are invited to apply to Aviva’s £1 million Community Fund competition..
Aviva is the UK’s largest general insurer and one of Europe’s leading life and pensions providers. As a business, Aviva wants to be recognised for making a positive contribution to society.
Funding is available to voluntary and community organisations for projects that will make a real difference to local residents. Grants are available to support all kinds of projects providing they are causes that the community really cares about and charitable in nature. To be eligible to apply, groups must be a not-for-profit organisation or a group for community good, and have been in existence for at least six months.
Groups can apply for grants of up to £25,000. There are four levels of funding available:
- awards of up to £1,000.
- awards of up to £5,000.
- awards of up to £10,000.
- awards of up to £25,000.
Applicants can also increase their chances of winning by persuading an insurance broker or financial adviser to support them and submit an entry on their behalf, as there is a separate set of awards especially for projects submitted by brokers and financial advisers.
All projects must make a positive difference to people’s lives in one of the following four categories:
- Health, disability and wellbeing.
- Supporting the younger generation.
- Supporting the older generation.
- Community support.
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 the local community as possible.
The most-voted for projects asking for up to £1,000 will secure their funding immediately, while 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 each will be given 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.
Applicants need to register on the Aviva website before they can submit a project to the competition. Full details can be found on Aviva’s website.