The 2016 Aviva Community Fund is now complete

Congratulations to our winners!

The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community.

Open to everyone - Aviva customers, employees, insurance brokers or financial advisers (whether associated with Aviva or not) and the general public - we want you to enter a project for your community and tell us what a difference these much-needed funds could make.

Get enough votes from friends, family and supporters in your community and your project could be entered into the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.

About the awards

We believe good projects come in all shapes and sizes. So the best way to support a variety is to let both large and small projects share the funding.

The Aviva Community Fund will finance over 800 projects across four different fund levels and six categories, spreading our awards to communities throughout the UK.

If your project gets among the most votes and wows our judges, it will be in with a chance of receiving those much-needed funds.

Find out more about the awards

What makes a good entry?

Your project is right for the Aviva Community Fund if:

  • it will make a positive difference in your community
  • it is associated with a community organisation or charity, and will take place in the UK
  • it will be completed or well underway before 31 December 2017
  • it can ideally be completed with the requested funding alone
To suit projects of different sizes, the funding levels you can apply for are:
Up to £1,000
Up to £5,000
Up to £10,000
Up to £25,000

There are six project categories to choose from in which to submit your entry:
1. Health, disability and well-being
2. Supporting the younger generation
3. Supporting the older generation
4. Sport in the community
5. Environment
    In association with the Mirror
6. Community support

Submitting a project

Creating and submitting your project is easy. Just follow these four simple steps:

  1. Identify a project that will have a positive impact in your community. A project can be submitted by, or on behalf of, any not-for-profit community organisation.
  2. Enter it in the Aviva Community Fund. (You'll have to register.)
  3. Add photos and videos to paint a better picture for the public.
  4. Get your friends, family and more to vote for your project. Promote it by getting in touch with them, by using Facebook, Twitter, community events or any other way that will get attention.

Download the project submission guide (PDF 1MB)

Find out more about submitting a project


Once voting opens on 21 October 2016, share your project with as many friends, family and community supporters as possible to get their votes. The projects with the most votes will become finalists.

Anyone who lives in the UK and registers on the Aviva Community Fund website can vote for projects between 21 October and 18 November – you don’t have to have submitted a project to vote.

You'll get 10 votes which you can use at any time during the voting phase of the competition. You can support as many projects as you like with your votes. Spread them around or use them all to support one project – it’s your choice.

Find out more about voting

Getting to the Finals

Once voting has closed, the 300 entries with the most votes in the £1,000 fund level (regardless of category) will be made finalists, and subject to due diligence checks their submitted project will receive the funding they applied for. Also, in each of the broker and adviser awards the highest 30 submitted projects (regardless of category) will be made finalists, and subject to due diligence checks their submitted project will receive the funding they applied for.

At the other funding levels, the projects with the most votes will reach the Finals, where a panel of judges will decide which project receives funding.

Find out more about getting to the Finals

About the judging

Entries that make it through to the Finals will be judged by a panel of between three and five impartial judges. They will judge the entries asking for up to £5,000, £10,000 and £25,000 on the following criteria:

40% weighting
Longevity and sustainability
35% weighting
Likelihood of success
10% weighting
10% weighting
5% weighting

The judges' results will be announced on 10 January 2017. Winners of the Helping Hand prize draw will be announced on 24 January 2017.

Find out more about judging

Organisations supporting the Aviva Community Fund

We would like to thank the following organisations who are supporting the Aviva Community Fund:

Age UK
Small Charities Coalition
UK Youth
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