Voluntary and community groups from across the UK will be able to submit their entry to Aviva’s annual Community Fund competition starting at 9am on 12 September 2017.
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 and, as part of this commitment, it is making around £1.7 million available for its 2017 Community Fund.
Funding is available to voluntary and community organisations for projects that will make a real difference to local residents. The grants will support all kinds of projects providing they are causes that the community really cares about and are charitable in nature. Not-for-profit organisations and groups that are operating for the good of their local community and have been in existence for at least six months and have an income of £1 million or less can apply.
In 2017, there are four funding levels:
- 380 awards of up to £1,000.
- 40 awards of up to £5,000.
- 20 awards of up to £10,000.
- 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:
- 60 awards of up to £1,000.
- 32 awards of up to £5,000.
- 8 awards of up to £10,000.
- 4 awards of up to £25,000.
For 2017 there are four categories and projects must address one of the following:
- 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 wellbeing initiatives.
- Skills for life - projects that aim to help communities and individuals improve their lives by learning useful new skills, particularly digital ones. Projects in this category can help people of all ages develop skills 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.
- Inclusivity - projects will understand that successful communities value all people, recognising 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.
- Community support - projects that are important to the wider community, and they could be anything from regeneration projects to local support groups, or even community events. This category aims to help communities make their surroundings and aspects of their life sustainable.
Projects need to completed or well underway before 31 December 2018.
The Community Fund operates like a competition, and all projects will be put forward to a public vote.
Although the fund has not opened for entries yet, Aviva has published the new guidelines for 2017 which can be found on its website.
Entries will be accepted from 12 September (9am) until 10 October 2017 (12noon).
Full details can be found on Aviva’s website.
Source: Aviva, 18/08/2017