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The Aviva Community Fund has helped raise:

$5,568,486.00

The 2014 Aviva Community Fund is complete.

Congratulations to all our Winners. See Winners

Frequently Asked Questions


About Ideas

  • How do I create an idea?

    Creating an idea is easy. Just follow these simple steps:

    1. Plan an idea that will have a positive impact in your community.
    2. Enter it in the Aviva Community Fund competition. (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 idea. Promote it by getting in touch, Facebook, Twitter, community events or any other way that will get attention.

    Create an idea now

  • How do I edit my idea?
    1. Sign in to your Aviva Community Fund account.
    2. Under "My Dashboard" select "Update My Idea."

    You can edit most details about your idea anytime before or during a Qualifying Round, but you will only be able to edit the category and funding level of your idea in between each Qualifying Round. Ideas that make the Semi-Finals will also have the opportunity to make changes later on in the competition. Edited ideas will be reviewed within a few hours of being submitted, but don't worry; people can still find and vote for your idea. Changes will be posted to the site immediately with a notice that your idea is being reviewed.

  • How do I remove my idea?

    You can remove your idea at any time before or during the Qualifying Rounds.

    1. Sign in to your Aviva Community Fund account.
    2. Under "My Dashboard" select "Update My Idea."
    3. Click on "Delete My Idea" at the bottom of the "Edit My Idea" page.

    Are you sure?

    Doing this will delete your idea permanently, so make sure you really want it out of the competition. We're unable to restore an idea once it has been deleted.
  • How does an idea win money in the Aviva Community Fund?

    There are two ways to win funding through the Aviva Community Fund.

    A. Grand Prizes, Broker Supported Grand Prize, Finalist Prizes.

    To win one of these prizes, your idea needs to:

    1. Meet the eligibility requirements for the competition.

    2. Receive enough votes in a Qualifying Round to be one of the 120 (40 per round) ideas that qualify for the Semi-Finals.

    3. Receive enough votes in the Semi-Finals to be one of the 40 ideas that qualify for the final judging phase (Finals).

    4. All ideas qualifying for the judging phase (Finals) will receive a minimum of $5,000. Ideas with the top marks from judging are awarded the Grand Prizes, which can be up to the full amount of funding requested. One of the Grand Prize ideas that had received votes from Aviva-contracted brokers in the Semi-Finals will also be named the Broker Supported Grand Prize winner.

    B. Wildcard Prizes

    To be eligible to win one of these prizes, your idea must receive at least 1,000 votes during a Qualifying Round. When 1,000 votes are earned, the idea becomes eligible for one of 20 random prize draws for $1,000 from that Qualifying Round. Ideas may only win 1 Wildcard prize during the entire competition. All Wildcard prize winners will be announced on January 20, 2015.

    Wildcard and Finalist prizes are payable as a donation to a CRA registered charity associated with your idea.

    Visit About The Competition for more info

  • How will funding be allocated in 2014?

    There are five ways that your idea can take home a part of the $1,000,000 AvivaCommunity Fund:

    1. New for 2014, 20 ideas from each of the three Qualifying Rounds which receive at least 1,000 votes are eligible to win a Wildcard Prize of $1,000, as a donation to a CRA registered charity associated with their idea.
    2. All 40 Finalist ideas will receive a minimum of $5,000*.
    3. We'll award the Broker Supported Grand Prize (up to $100,000) for a Finalist idea that received a broker vote during the competition.
    4. Grand Prizes will then be awarded for each funding level (up to $50,000 and $50,000 to $100,000).
    5. Additional Finalist ideas will be awarded Grand Prizes until the entire $1,000,000 has been given away.
  • Why are the ideas separated by funding levels (up to $50,000 and $50,000 to $100,000)?

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

    The Aviva Community Fund will finance at least one finalist from each funding level.

  • What are Idea Categories?

    Idea creators will be able to select a category as part of the registration process.

    Categories in 2014 are:

    1. Health & Active Living: Ideas that improve human health and increase access to active lifestyle options.

    2. Environment & Sustainability: Ideas that aim to address climate change or improve our impact on the environment and promote sustainable behaviour.

    3. Animal Welfare: Ideas that create happier, healthier environments for animals.

    4. Schools & Education: Ideas that directly impact school children and their access to good education.

    5. At-Risk Youth: Ideas that aim to improve the lives of vulnerable young people.

    All ideas will be moderated to ensure that their selected category is accurate.

    At the end of each Qualifying Round, two ideas from each category (the top idea in votes from each funding level) will be guaranteed a spot in the Semi-Finals. Once the top two ideas have been selected from each idea category, the next 30 ideas (the top 15 from each funding level) with the most votes advance regardless of their association with an idea category, for a total of 40 ideas advancing in each Qualifying Round. This structure is maintained through to the Finals. Ideas in the Finals will then be judged based on the Judging Framework, which is outlined in the Judging section.

  • Why should I select a category for my idea?

    Inspiration! As somebody living in the community you’re trying to help, you may be feeling overwhelmed with the possible opportunities to improve it. By choosing a category, you’ll be able to funnel your vision into a realized project through determining exactly what needs to be done, what resources are needed, and who are the people to ask for help. Click here to read more about each category.

    Selecting an idea category may also help your idea make it to the Semi-Finals by being the category leader during a Qualifying Round.

    Idea categories may also heighten your chances of appealing to voters, who want to cast their votes depending on their area of interest.

    After submitting your idea within a category, our moderators will approve your selection.

  • Can I select more than one category for my idea?

    No. Only one category can be chosen for each idea.

  • Help, I can't create an idea on the website!

    Have you registered? Ideas can only be submitted from September 22 to November 24, 2014.

    Visit the competition Timing page for more info

  • What makes a great idea?

    A great idea is one that you passionately believe will create positive change in your community. To qualify for the Aviva Community Fund, your idea must:

    1. Be action-oriented (i.e. change, make, create, or purchase)
    2. Provide positive impact in your community (in Canada)
    3. Require funding of $100,000 or less
    4. Benefit people in the community
    5. Be associated with a Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) registered charity
    6. Be well underway by December 2015.

    Take a look at last year's winners

    Visit Eligibility Requirements for more info

  • What does "broker supported" mean?

    "Broker supported" ideas have been submitted or voted for by an employee of an Aviva-contracted brokerage. All broker supported ideas receive a bonus opportunity to win the Broker Supported Grand Prize if they make it to the final judging round.

    To become eligible for this additional chance at funding your idea, just opt in to the broker supported competition when you create your idea, and receive at least one vote from an Aviva-contracted broker.

    Already submitted your idea? Go to "Edit my idea" and opt in to the broker competition. Use the "Find a Broker" tool to locate an Aviva contracted broker in your community.

    Find a Broker

  • Can I enter an idea affiliated with a religious organization?

    We welcome ideas affiliated with religious organizations as long as they allow access to anyone of any faith, don't contain any form of mandatory religious study, and don't discriminate against any faith or group. Ideas that promote religious advocacy, attempt to convert people, or attempt to expand membership are not eligible to win the Aviva Community Fund and may be removed at any point during the competition.

    Ideas can't promote or speak negatively about any particular faith, political action, legislation or party, nor promote or encourage the violation of any law, as determined in the sole discretion of Aviva.

  • Can I accept donations toward my idea?

    Registered charities can choose to receive donations through the Aviva Community Fund website, thanks to our partnership with Benevity Social Ventures, Inc. (“Benevity”).

    All you'll need to do is select your charity when you create your idea. Once the semi-finalists are announced, eligible ideas will have their 'Vote Now' button replaced with a 'Donate Now' button. Then, people will be able to donate to the CRA registered charity associated with your idea from the idea page. You may also want to consider asking for donations on your idea's Facebook page if you have created one.

  • Why do some ideas have "Donate Now" buttons?

    This option is for ideas created by or affiliated with CRA registered charities and opted in to the Benevity donation feature. Once the semi-finalists are announced, the "Vote Now" button will automatically change to "Donate Now" for ideas that are no longer eligible for winning a part of the Aviva Community Fund.

  • When can I make a donation to an idea?

    Once Semi-Finalists have been selected and an idea submitted that has opted to receive donations for a CRA registered charity is no eligible to win the competition, you can donate to the charity. At this point, the "Vote Now" button will change to "Donate Now." Remember, your donation goes to the CRA registered charity as opposed to the idea submitted to the Aviva Community Fund. You'll need to contact the charity directly to find out how they plan to use your donation.

  • What happens when an idea is submitted?

    Once submitted, our team of moderators review an idea to make sure it meets all the eligibility requirements for the competition. Please note that during the moderation period – which can take up to two hours – ideas cannot be found using the search tool. The only way to see an idea during this time is to enter the unique URL for the idea directly in your address bar, or find it from the "My Supported Ideas" page if you've already voted for it. It's not gone forever – after the idea has been approved, it will be visible and searchable on the Aviva Community Fund site.

  • Why can't I find the idea I'm looking for?

    If you can't find the idea you're looking for using the search tool on our home page, it could be due to one of the following issues:

    1. The idea might be currently under review by our moderators. The only way to see it is to enter the unique URL for the idea directly in your address bar, or find it from the "My Supported Ideas" page if you've already voted for it. The idea will appear on the website after it has been moderated, which can take up to two hours.
    2. The idea might have been removed from the competition by its creator, which means it's no longer in the competition.
    3. You might have entered an incorrect idea number. Try searching for the idea another way, like with the idea creator's name or a postal code.
  • Why did an idea's vote count go down?

    The Aviva Community Fund team is dedicated to making sure all ideas have a fair and equal chance in the competition. We aim to keep track of fraudulent voting and remove these votes to keep the integrity of the competition. Rest assured, if you are participating fairly in the competition, your vote will count. We hold all ideas to the same standards of review. You cannot vote on behalf of someone else. Proxy voting is not allowed. Proxy votes will be removed from the competition at the sole discretion of Aviva.

  • When can I make changes to my idea?

    After you create and submit an idea, you can edit it as many times as you'd like, right up until the start of the Semi-Finals. After that, ideas can't be updated any further. However, please note that you can only change your idea category or funding level between Qualifying Rounds.

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About Voting

  • How do I vote for an idea?

    After you register, you'll be able to:

    1. Browse and search for ideas by category, location, funding level, date submitted and popularity.
    2. Learn more about an idea by clicking through to its detail page, where you'll find the "Vote Now" button.
    3. Click the button to vote, and feel awesome for sharing your voice with us. Alternatively, you can register through your Facebook account and vote directlyfrom the Aviva Community Fund page at Facebook.com/AvivaCommunityFund.

    Start exploring ideas now

  • How can I get more votes for my idea?

    In short, it's all about how you promote it:

    1. Tell your friends, family, co-workers and more about your idea. Tell anyone who will listen!
    2. Use social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
    3. Create a Facebook page for your idea to help remind your voters to support often.
    4. Contact the media and spread the word!
    5. Keep updating your submission with information, photos and videos.

    Take a look at last year's winners

    Visit How To Create A Winning Idea for more info

  • How do I promote an idea that I didn't create?

    You can share all the ideas you support on Facebook or Twitter by clicking "Share this" at the top of the My Supported Ideas page.

    You can also share an individual idea by going to its specific page and choosing one of the social media share options under the idea description.

  • How many votes can I give?

    Each eligible voter who registers gets 15 votes for each of the Qualifying Rounds, and another 15 votes for the Semi-Finals. You can use these votes for different ideas, or all for one single idea. But keep in mind you can only vote for the same idea once per day.

    You cannot vote on the behalf of someone else. Proxy voting is not allowed. In the final round, the judges will score and rank the ideas to determine the winners.

    Visit Voting for more info

  • Help, I can't vote!

    Have you already registered? If so, you may be trying to vote between rounds. There are short periods of time throughout the competition when voting is closed – between the three initial Qualifying Rounds of voting and after the end of the Semi-Finals.

    Check out the voting periods to make sure you’re trying to vote during a round:

    • Sep. 29 at 12:00 PM until Oct. 13 at 04:00 PM EDT

    • Oct. 20 at 12:00 PM until Nov.  3 at 04:00 PM EST

    • Nov. 10 at 12:00 PM until Nov. 24 at 04:00 PM EST

    • Dec.  1 at 12:00 PM until Dec. 10 at 04:00 PM EST

    Visit the competition Timing page for more info

  • I have no votes left. What can I do?

    You get 15 votes for each of the three Qualifying Rounds, and another 15 more votes once the Semi-Finals begin. Remember, you can't delete or move votes after they're cast, so use them wisely. After you've used all 15 votes, you can keep supporting your favourite ideas by urging others to vote!

    The easiest way to promote ideas is to encourage your friends to vote on an idea's page or directly from the Aviva Community Fund Facebook page at Facebook.com/AvivaCommunityFund.

    You can share all the ideas you support on Facebook or Twitter by clicking "Share this" at the top of the My Supported Ideas page.

    You can also share an individual idea by going to its specific page and choosing one of the social media share options under the idea description.

    Visit Voting for more info

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About the Competition

  • How does the prize money get distributed?

    The $1,000,000 Aviva Community Fund is allocated to Wildcard Prizes, Finalist Prizes, the Broker Supported Grand Prize and Grand Prizes.

    The Wildcard Prizes will allow 60 ideas (20 from each Qualifying Round) win a $1,000 donation to a CRA registered charity associated with their idea. All ideas that reach 1,000 votes in a Qualifying Round are entered into a wildcard draw.

    All finalists will receive a minimum of $5,000 to support their ideas. We reserve up to $100,000 of the total for the Broker Supported Grand Prize, which is selected by a subset of judges. After our judges score and rank the finalists, the Aviva Community Fund will then distribute funds to one finalist from each funding level (up to $50,000 and $50,000 to $100,000), starting with the highest-ranked.

    Once we've awarded the Broker Supported Grand Prize, and funded one idea from each funding level, we'll continue giving out money based on ranking and size category until we've allocated the entire Aviva Community Fund of $1,000,000.

    Visit Funding for more info

  • Who can enter the competition?

    Anyone who is a Canadian citizen or resident and meets any other eligibility criteria can participate in the Aviva Community Fund competition. It's open to both customers and non-customers of Aviva, and no purchase is necessary to participate.

    Visit Eligibility for more info

    See Terms & Conditions for details

  • Should I compete for the Broker Supported Grand Prize?

    Yes. Opting in to be eligible for the broker supported competition will increase the odds of making your idea a reality. If a broker votes for your idea, you'll have an extra chance to get your idea funded. The Broker Supported Grand Prize winner will be announced on January 27, 2015.

  • Who are the judges?

    Judges are carefully selected by the Aviva Community Fund to evaluate the finalists and choose the winning ideas. Each judge brings a unique perspective to the competition to help ensure the best ideas receive the funding they deserve.

    Visit Judges for more info

  • How does the competition work?

    In a nutshell:

    1. Passionate people like you share ideas to create positive change in their community

    2. Canadian citizens and residents cast their votes, and the top 120 ideas move on to the Semi-Finals

    3. Canadians vote for the semi-finalists and the top 40 move on to the Finals (15 ideas from each funding level and 1 idea from each funding level in each idea category)

    4. Judges score the finalists and the top ideas share the $1,000,000 Aviva Community Fund

    5. All ideas that reach 1,000 votes are also automatically entered into a Wildcard draw, where 20 ideas from each Qualifying Round are randomly selected to win a $1,000 donation to a CRA registered charity associated with their idea.

    Visit About The Competition for more info

  • Who is Aviva?

    Aviva Canada Inc. is one of the leading property and casualty insurance groups in Canada, and through its subsidiary companies provides home, automobile, leisure and lifestyle, group and business insurance to more than three million customers.

    Visit About Aviva for more info

  • Why is Aviva sponsoring this competition?

    We care about the communities where we live and work, and we know you do too. We're the experts when it comes to insurance, but we know that you know better than anyone what's needed to improve your community. That's why we created the Aviva Community Fund competition - to help make a positive change in Canadian communities by funding your ideas.

    Visit Why Are We Holding This Competition for more info

  • How do I stop receiving emails from the Aviva Community Fund?

    You can unsubscribe from the updates you requested by either clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our emails, or by logging into your account, clicking on your screen name, selecting "My settings" and changing your notification settings.

  • Is there a way to get funding for an idea that doesn't win?

    Yes. Registered charities can choose to receive donations through the Aviva Community Fund website. Simply select your charity when you submit your idea. During the Semi-Finals, your idea will have a "Donate Now" button next to it for people to support your charity through the idea page.

    As you promote a great idea, you'll find that supporters may want to join the cause regardless of whether it wins or not. Over the past several years, a number of ideas that's didn't end up winning have been supported and received funding from local community sources after the Aviva Community Fund competition completed.

  • How do I win the Broker Supported Grand Prize?

    The Broker Supported Grand Prize is an additional chance for finalists who gain broker support to win funding for their idea. In order to win the Broker Supported Grand Prize, an idea creator needs to:

    • Meet the eligibility requirements

    • Opt in to the brokerage competition when submitting the idea (this can be done at any time during the submission period at "Edit my idea")

    • Get at least one vote from a registered Aviva-contracted insurance broker during a Qualifying Round of the competition

    • Make it to the Finals

    • Be selected by a subset "Broker Supported Grand Prize" panel of judges

    See Terms & Conditions for details

  • What ideas are eligible for the Broker Supported Grand Prize?

    The Broker Supported Grand Prize is available to ideas supported or submitted by an Aviva-contracted insurance broker.

    • Any idea creator can opt in.

    • Ideas become eligible for the Broker Supported Grand Prize by receiving a vote from an Aviva-contracted insurance broker during one of the Qualifying Rounds

    • Ideas submitted by an employee of an Aviva-contracted brokerage are automatically eligible for the prize.

    • Ideas from both funding levels and all idea categories are eligible.


    See Terms & Conditions for details

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  • Help, I can't register!

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    If you have not received a confirmation email from us and followed the instructions in it, you're not actually registered yet. If you can't locate the email, it may have been routed to your spam/junk folder.

    If you have completed registration and are getting errors, click on Forgot Password and follow the instructions to reset your password.

  • I get a security warning when I try to register

    Don't worry, AvivaCommunityFund.org uses a secure connection during the registration process to help ensure your information is kept secure. Depending on the browser and security settings on your computer, you may be asked about these security measures.

  • Help, I can’t see the vote button or parts of the website

    The Aviva Community Fund website is optimized to use up-to-date web browsers such as Chrome 38, Firefox 32, Safari 7 and Internet Explorer 11. While we’ve tried to ensure the site functions on older web browsers as well, you may experience some limitations. If you are having trouble using the site, please ensure your browser is up-to-date. To ensure you are using the most up-to-date browsers please visit: http://browsehappy.com

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