The Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund helps passionate people like you make positive change in their communities.

For seven years, we’ve been putting our money where our business is — investing in charitable community initiatives across Canada, protecting the people and things you love, supporting the causes you care about most, and strengthening your local community. To us, at Aviva, this is just good thinking. We’re so proud to have provided more than $6.5 million in project funding to date, and we can’t wait to donate another $1 million this year.

It all starts with a great idea.

Download the Idea Submission Guide (PDF 3.34MB) Download the Idea Submission Questions (PDF 883KB)

About the competition

We are proud to announce a new partnership with CanadaHelps a known leader and innovator in the charitable sector.

For the first time ever this year’s Aviva Community Fund Grand Prize Winners will receive free services from CanadaHelps in addition to receiving funding from the competition.

Through CanadaHelps’ extensive network, we have increased our ability to reach Canadian charities of all sizes that are in need of funding. CanadaHelps services aim to build capacity of charities of all sizes by offering online fundraising platforms, resources, training and education. Visit to view full services and offerings.

If you're involved with a charity or community organization that's making a local difference, then we want you to submit an idea. Secure enough votes from friends, family and supporters, and your idea could make it to the Finals, where our panel of judges will select the Grand Prize Winners who will share $1 million in funding.

What makes a winning idea?

To be successful your idea must*:

  • Result in change that positively affects your community.
  • Take place within Canada on publicly accessible space only.
  • Be realistic to implement.
  • Be implemented by December 31, 2017.
  • Be associated with a Canada Revenue Agency registered charity, sports non- profit organization, publicly-funded school, university or college, municipality or government entity.
  • Be submitted in one of Canada’s two official languages (English or French).
The Aviva Community Fund offers two levels of funding:
Small ideas: $50,000 and under
Large ideas: $50,000 - $100,000
There are three project categories to choose from:

Category 1: Community Resilience

Environment, climate, disaster relief and prevention

Category 2: Community Health

Health, sport, active living and play

Category 3: Community Development

Education, skills training, culture, research and basic needs
Find out more about the project categories

*Please see terms and conditions (PDF 292KB) for complete guidelines and eligibility requirements

How can I submit an idea?

Between September 19 and October 6, anyone registered on the Aviva Community Fund site can submit an idea. Your idea must fall within one of three idea categories and two funding levels.

Once you submit an idea, our team of moderators will review your entry to make sure it meets our eligibility requirements. It may take our team of moderators up to three business days to review 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 project page. Please note approved projects will only display on the Aviva Community Fund site on the first day of the Voting Round on October 11.

Download the Download the Idea Submission Questions (PDF 883KB).

Before you submit your idea, please review this document. It will prepare you to answer the questions we ask during the Idea Submission round.

Download the Download the Idea Submission Guide (PDF 3.34MB) for details about:

  • tips for creating a successful idea 
  • the idea categories and funding levels 
  • becoming a Finalist
  • how ideas will be judged
  • winning ideas from previous years

Voting Round - We’ve made voting easier than ever!

This year, cast all 18 votes at any time during the Voting Round! All you need to do is click on the “Submit your votes” button on any project you want to support. Spread your votes around or use them all to support one project. Cast all 18 votes at once, or keep coming back to cast your votes. Once a vote is cast, it cannot be taken back.

Each registered participant has 18 votes they can use at any time from October 11-28 and can vote for the same idea more than once and/or for multiple ideas. The 15 ideas that receive the most votes in each of the two funding levels (five from each idea category) including the top-ranked broker-supported idea will become finalists.

Broker-Supported Idea

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-contracted broker votes will automatically be identified as one of the 30 finalists! 

To find a broker in your area, go to: Find a broker

Getting to the Finals

The 30 ideas that receive the most votes in each of the two funding levels (five from each idea category) including the idea with the most Aviva-contracted broker votes (top ranked broker-supported idea) will become finalists.

The top 30 finalists are reviewed and evaluated by our independent panel of judges who choose the winning ideas.

Grand Prize Winners will receive up to $100,000 (if entered into the large level of funding) or up to $50,000 (if entered into the small level of funding).

About the Judging Round

The 30 finalists including the top-ranked broker-supported idea are evaluated by our independent panel of judges.

The Aviva Community Fund judging panel includes seven judges, with each brining a unique perspective and passion to the competition to ensure the best ideas win funding.

On December 6th, the Grand Prize Winners will be announced.

Longevity & Sustainability
Likelihood of Success
Submission Quality


Who are the judges?

Visit Meet our judging panel to see our full list of judges.

The judging panel will evaluate the 30 finalists based on the following criteria. Each idea will be scored on a scale from 0 to 10 and weighted based on the percentages.

Download the Idea Submission Guide

Do you have an idea that could have a real impact in your community? Put forward an idea for a local cause, and it could receive funding of up to $100,000. To learn more, download the 2016 Idea Submission Guide.

Download the Idea Submission Guide (PDF 3.34MB) Download the Idea Submission Questions (PDF 883KB)