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Competition for Canada Nonprofits, Individuals, Schools, and Agencies for Projects with Positive Community Impact

Aviva Community Fund


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #163706

Grant Description

Competition for Canada registered charities, registered B Corporations, publicly-funded schools, universities or colleges, individuals, and municipalities for publically-driven projects in the areas of community development, health, resilience, and the environment.

More details on the program areas are as follows:
1. Community Development - Education, skills training, culture, and basic needs
2. Community Health - Health, sport, active living, and play
3. Community Resilience - Environment, climate, disaster relief, and prevention
4. Community Legacy - Climate change and environment with broad reach and scalability in Canada, and potentially globally. Only ideas submitted by current and aspiring social entrepreneurs, aged 18-25 years old will be accepted.

Priority will be given to proposals with the following characteristics:

- Ideas that include planned outcomes, supported by a measurement and evaluation process.
- Ideas associated with organizations with a record of achievement and potential for success.
- Ideas associated with organizations with sound financial practices and a sustainable funding model.
- Ideas that demonstrate a sound implementation plan and realistic budget for requested funds.
- Ideas that demonstrate the use of education and skills training.
- Ideas that demonstrate a likelihood of sustainability, legacy, impact, success, viability, originality and knowledge mobilization.
- Ideas that increase access to scholarships/bursaries/internship programs for youth of marginalized populations.
- Ideas that address a community need and provide direct impact to the community served

In addition to meeting the category eligibility requirements outlined above, ideas must be submitted into 1 of the 3 funding levels below.
(1) Ideas seeking funding for $0 - $50,000 (Community Development, Health & Resilience categories only)
(2) Ideas seeking funding for $50,001 - $100,000 (Community Development, Health & Resilience categories only)
(3) Ideas seeking funding for $150,000 (Community Legacy category only)

A total of 35 ideas will advance from the Voting Round to the Judging Round, as follows:

At the end of the Voting Round, five ideas from each of the three idea categories (Community Development, Health & Resilience) and each of the two funding levels (up to $50,000 and $50,001 to $100,000) will receive a spot in the judging round based on the most votes received during the voting round. That is a total of 30 ideas.

At the end of the voting round, five ideas from the “Community Legacy” idea category will receive a spot in the judging round based on the most votes received during the voting round. This results in a total of 35 Finalists. The 35 finalists will be judged by an independent panel to help determine the grand prize winners.

Ideas that qualify for the Judging Round of the competition which do not win a grand prize from the Aviva Community Fund will receive a finalist prize of $5,000.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The competition is open to both customers and non-customers of Aviva and its subsidiaries. If you are under the age of 18, you must have approval by a parent or guardian and indicate that you have such approval to participate when

To submit an idea to the Aviva Community Fund:
- You cannot be an Aviva employee or an employee of any of its subsidiaries, or an immediate family member (i.e. spouse, child, parent, regardless of where he/she lives, or sibling if living in the same home) of an Aviva employee;
- You cannot be a judge or immediate family member (i.e. spouse, child, parent or sibling, regardless of where s/he lives) of a judge participating in the Aviva Community Fund; and
- You cannot be an employee or immediate family member (i.e. spouse, child parent or sibling regardless of where s/he lives) of any promotion or development partners of Aviva involved with the Aviva Community Fund.

Ideas submitted to the Community Legacy category must be submitted by current or aspiring social entrepreneurs aged 18-25 years old, who are Canadian residents.

Ideas must be associated with Canadian registered charities, public foundations, non-profit organizations, social enterprises, registered B Corporations, publicly-funded schools, universities or colleges, and municipality or government entities. Note: Ideas must be associated with one of the above entities at the time of submission (Sept. 2017).

Ideas must take place within Canada on publicly accessible spaces. Note: Ideas cannot require access to private or restricted property in order to be implemented.

Ideas must be accessible to all individuals regardless of faith/religious background.

Not funded:
- Ideas outside of Canada.
- Ideas associated with capital campaigns where at least 60% of the total funding goal has not been secured (eg if your capital campaign goal is $1 million you must have at least $600,000 secured to apply).
- Ideas associated with operational/overhead costs including administrative and salary costs. Note: Aviva will not fund ideas where salaries/administrative costs account for more than 25% of the requested funding amount.
- Ideas that promote any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous or relate to controversial subject matter (determined at Aviva’s sole discretion).
- Ideas that are based on financial/medical/educational/monetary support to individuals and or individual pursuits.
- Ideas associated with political or fraternal organizations, service clubs, or third-party organizations that raise funds for charity.
- Ideas associated with religious organizations or associations/political parties/lobbyist or affiliated groups where the idea itself is not accessible.
- The following standalone projects listed below, which do not align with Aviva’s commitment to fund ideas that result in sustainable change: advertising or promotional campaigns; events, conferences, workshops, seminars, conventions, symposiums; endowment or memorial campaigns; production of a film, video, or publication (will be funded if it is a part of an idea or if it is an educational skills training tool); travel-related events, including student trips or tours, subsidized travel, accommodation and entertainment expenses (will be funded if it is a part of an idea or if it is an educational skills training tool); professional or amateur sports (individual or team), golf tournaments and other sports activities such as runs and races; reduction of accumulated capital or operating deficits; tuition, membership/registration fees, sabbatical or academic leaves; in-kind contributions, such as meeting space and materials, and; promotional items
- Ideas associated with private foundations/private fee-based independent schools.
- Ideas associated with animal welfare organizations including spay, neuter, animal rescue, humane society, animal cruelty, perceived animal cruelty, animal sanctuary programs including but not limited to, all cat and dog shelters (determined at Aviva’s sole discretion).
- Ideas for commercial or promotional benefit or purposes/for-profit business venture.
- Organizations that discriminate against race, gender, religion or promote 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 or hate group or terrorist activity

Note: Aviva Community Fund prefers to fund programs and projects, rather than bricks and mortar.

Pre-Application Information:

Between September 13, 2017 and October 2, 2017, anyone registered on the Aviva Community Fund site can submit an idea.

Once your idea has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email with your idea number for your reference and a unique link to share your idea page. Please note that approved ideas will only be made live on the Aviva Community Fund site on the first day of the Voting Round on October 10.

Another important way to get support for your idea is to team up with an Aviva broker partner in your community. The idea that receives the highest number of Aviva broker partner votes will automatically be identified as one of the 35 Finalists! To find a broker in your area, go to:

On December 5, the Grand Prize Winners, as determined by a panel of independent judges, will be announced.

Ideas can be submitted in English or French.


Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Finalist prize: $5,000
Small ideas: $50,000 and under
Large ideas: $50,000 - $100,000
Community Legacy ideas: $150,000 (one prize only); four finalists will recieve a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice

Term of Contract:

Ideas must be implemented within a two-year period (completed by December 2019).

Contact Information:

To register:

Aviva Canada Inc.
10 Aviva Way
Markham, Ontario, Canada, L6G 0G1

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