The 2018 Aviva Community Fund

Working together. Change for the better.

We’ve donated more than $8.5 million over the last decade to create positive change across Canada. This year, we’re donating another $1 million towards initiatives that bring people together to create change within their community. We want to support the things you care about and the things that will bring everyone in your community closer together.

What's new for our 10th year!

This year, we’re making it easier than ever to win funding with one central theme to align your ideas to. And on top of that – we’re awarding more prizes! 160 in total to be exact, so your chances are better than ever.

There are now two different idea categories:

  • Small Ideas: 50 prizes of $10,000 will be awarded to organizations that bring people in their community together
  • Big Ideas: 3 prizes of $100,000 will be awarded to organizations that bring people in their community together and also have long-lasting impact

In honour of 10 years of giving, we have added a new and exciting way for you to make an impact in your community. On August 13, 2018 and running for 10 straight business days, charities can apply for a $1,000 prize to host a #BetterTogether event in celebration of communities coming together. There are 100 prizes in total and we will announce winners on September 4, 2018!

Learn more

Who can submit an idea?

A CRA registered charity or a CRA-qualified donee can submit an idea in the Aviva Community Fund Competition. The idea submitter must also be residing in Canada and be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

What makes a winning idea?

The positive change we are helping create must benefit a community at its core. This supports our theme to strengthen and make communities better, by coming together. We’re looking for ideas that improve community spirit, promote sustainability, provide a social opportunity, and reduce social isolation to benefit people of all ages and backgrounds. For example:

  • a community garden, because it provides an inclusive meeting place for people to learn and share knowledge
  • a food bank or community kitchen, because it gathers people together to help others in need
  • an accessible playground or splash pad, because it creates a fun and safe place for families to spend time and meet others
  • a program that engages newcomers or the elderly, because it creates a greater sense of belonging in the community

Your idea is right for the Aviva Community Fund if it:

  • benefits a community at its core by bringing people together to create change;
  • is accessible to the larger community, with an outcome accessible to persons or communities of any faith; and
  • is expected to be completed by December 31, 2019.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for complete eligibility criteria and Aviva Community Fund Competition details.

Download the Terms and Conditions

How do I submit an idea?

Submit your idea at from August 28, 2018 to September 18, 2018 by filling in our brief submission form.

You’ll need to submit your entry into one of our two idea categories:

Small Ideas category

  • 50 prizes of $10,000

Big Ideas category

  • 3 prizes of $100,000
  • 7 consolation prizes of $15,000

Our team of moderators will review your entry to make sure it meets the eligibility criteria. This will take up to three (3) business days. We’ll email you to let you know when our moderators have approved your idea.

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 Idea Submission Guide

How winners are determined

Small Ideas category (for $10,000 funding):

  • The 50 ideas that receive the highest number of votes will each receive a $10,000 prize.

Big Ideas category (for $100,000 funding):

  • The 10 ideas that receive the highest number of votes will progress to the Judging Round.
  • The three ideas with the highest scores in the Judging Round will each receive a $100,000 prize.
  • The remaining seven ideas will each receive a consolation prize of $15,000.

On November 20, 2018, our Small Ideas and Big Ideas category winners will be announced. Good luck!

Voting Round

Rally everyone you know (and even people you don’t!) to get votes for the chance to receive much-needed funds for your idea.

Anyone registered for the Aviva Community Fund has 10 votes they can use at any time from September 25, 2018 to October 4, 2018 to vote for their favourite idea(s).

You can spread your votes around or use them all to support one project. Cast all 10 votes at once, or keep coming back to cast your votes.

Judging Round

The Judging Round is only applicable to Big Ideas. The judges will review and score the top 10 Big Ideas with the highest number of votes, based on the weighted criteria below:

  • Impact (40%)
    How deeply will people or communities be impacted by this idea? Does the idea foster connections between a wide variety of stakeholders to create positive change?
  • Sustainability & Legacy (25%)
    What kind of lasting impact will this idea have?
  • Viability & Likelihood of Success (25%)
    Is there a high probability of a timely and successful execution of this idea (within one year)?
  • Originality (10%)
    How original is the idea versus other ideas entered into the competition?

Please review our Terms and Conditions for complete Judging Round and Aviva Community Fund Competition details.

Download the Terms and Conditions

Top ranked 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 receiving the most Aviva broker partner votes during the competition will receive a $5,000 recognition prize, in addition to any other prize funds awarded.

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

We are proud to continue our partnership with CanadaHelps, a known leader and innovator in the charitable sector. 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.