The Aviva Community Fund opens to applications on Wednesday 20 September

Sep 12, 2017

THE AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND – Grants up to £25,000 for not-for-profit groups in the UK for projects that make a real difference in their local community (programme opens to applications on 12 September with a 10 October deadline)

Insurance company Aviva is making over £1.5 million available to support not-for-profit groups in the United Kingdom to deliver projects that will make a difference within their local community.

The Aviva Community Fund operates as a competition with the most-voted for projects receiving funding or going forward to a judging panel, depending on the amount of funding requested (i.e. with the exception of awards of £1,000, securing the most number of votes doesn't guarantee a grant award - that's up to the judging panel).

All applicants are encouraged to widely promote their projects and gather as much support from their local community as possible.

The most-voted for projects asking for up to £1,000 will secure their funding.

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 2017, the awards will be given out in the following categories:

1. Health and Wellbeing - projects related to helping people take control of their physical and mental health. These could include anything from walking clubs to reduce loneliness, improving playgrounds and sports clubs and associations to community centres running well-being initiatives;

2. Skills for Life - projects that aim to help communities and individuals improve their lives by learning useful new skills, particularly digital skills. Projects in this category can help people of all ages develop abilities to make their lives easier or more fulfilling. This could include budget training for families, job skills or getting up to speed with new technology.

3. Inclusivity - these projects will recognise that successful communities value all people, acknowledging that every person adds something to the whole, and work to develop closer ties within the community, such as multi-faith education, accessibility improvements and community integration programmes; and

4. Community Support - these should be projects that are important to the wider community. They can be anything from regeneration projects to local support groups, or community events. This category aims to help communities make their surroundings and aspects of their life sustainable.

PLEASE NOTE: projects should be underway by December 2017 and, ideally (although this isn't essential), completed by 31 December 2018.

Voluntary and community groups, charities, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, and faith organisations (for projects that are not solely religious and are open to the wider community) are eligible to apply. 

Eligible applicants must:

o Have been in existence for at least 6 months;
o Be a not-for-profit organisation or group for community good;
o Be able to meet the due diligence requirements; and
o Have an income of £1 million or less.

In 2017, there are 4 funding levels:

1.  380 awards of up to £1,000;
2.  40 awards of up to £5,000;
3.  20 awards of up to £10,000; and 
4.  8 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.

These are as follows:

o 60 awards of up to £1,000;
o 32 awards of up to £5,000;
o 8 awards of up to £10,000; and
o 4 awards of up to £25,000.

Projects that do not need additional funding will have a better chance than of succeeding than those relying on other funds being secured.

The following are not eligible for funding:

o Organisations with an annual income over £1 million per annum;
o Projects for the benefit of an individual;
o Proposals which include any mention of specific individuals, companies, brands or products for promotion purposes;
o Proposals which contain any third party trademarks or material including, but not limited to, photographs/images unless the applicant organisation have the express written permission of said third party;
o Projects containing offensive, obscene or sexually suggestive material, propaganda, potentially misleading information, or defamatory or disparaging material about other people or companies, or endorse any form of hate, hate group or terrorist activity;
o Projects which discriminate unlawfully on the basis of gender, race, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by law, as determined by the sole discretion of Aviva;
o Projects which involve any form of mandatory religious study or discriminate against any faith or group. Projects that promote religious advocacy, attempt to convert people to another religion, or attempt to expand membership are not eligible to win the Fund, and may be removed at any point through the competition;
o Activities which support any particular political party or affiliated group;
o Activities which directly promote or speak negatively about any particular faith, political action, legislation or party, or promote or encourage the violation of any law, as determined by the sole discretion of the Promoter;
o Projects which promote any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, as determined by the sole discretion of the Promoter;
o Activities which relate to controversial subject matter or any subject that is contrary to the interests of the AvivaGroup of companies (‘Aviva’) (including, but not limited to, projects that present an unacceptable regulatory, reputational or other risk to Aviva), as determined by the sole discretion of the Promoter;
o Funding to be used for commercial use or promotion. Ideas that are connected to for-profit business ventures or that financially compensate an idea creator beyond fair wage are not eligible to win any Award and may be removed at any point; and
o Funding to be used towards a raffle, chance or lottery prize.

Entries will be accepted from 9am on Tuesday 12 September   to midday on Tuesday 10 October 2017.  

Other significant dates are:

o Tuesday 24 October to Tuesday 21 November - Public Vote;
o Tuesday 28 November - finalists announced; and
o Tuesday 16 January - winners announced.

Applicants are required to register on the Aviva website before they can submit a project to the competition.

Applicants are encouraged to add videos (which must be hosted on YouTube) and photos to their project submission to paint a better picture for the public.

The public will be able to vote for their favourite projects.

A toolkit can be found on the Aviva webisite offering hints, tips and tricks for publicising projects and gathering support. 

For further information and to register, visit the Aviva website.

Contact details for the programme are:

Surrey Street
Norwich NR1 3NG

(The Aviva Community Fund soes not advertise a phone number.)  

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