The Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund helps passionate people like you make positive change in your community.

For eight 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 $7.5 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.

New Category - Community Legacy

We’re celebrating Canada’s 150th year by offering a bold new challenge to young social entrepreneurs who have ideas focused on the theme of creating Community Legacy.

If you’re between 18 and 25 years old and you have a unique solution to tackling the consequences of climate change or an idea that benefits Canada’s environmental legacy, submit your idea under this category for a chance to win $150,000 in funding.  We care so much about creating legacy and paying it forward to future generations, we’re allotting an additional $150,000 above our usual $1 million prize funding.

In this category, the five ideas that receive the most votes during our Voting Round will become finalists and will be evaluated by our panel of judges who will determine the winning idea. The winner will receive $150,000 in funding to implement their idea within a two-year period. The remaining four finalists will receive a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice.

We’re counting on you to help us continue creating a positive legacy for the next (and hopefully beyond) 150 years!

What makes a winning idea?

Make sure you know what ideas are and aren’t eligible for funding before submitting an idea.  Download the full funding guidelines document (Eligibility & Funding Guide)


Not Eligible

  • Ideas that result in a change that positively affects Canadian communities.
  • Ideas that are outside of Canada.


  • Ideas that can be implemented within a two-year period (completed by December 2019).
  • Ideas that are associated with capital campaigns where at least 60% of the total funding goal has not been secured (e.g. if your capital campaign goal is $1 million you must have at least $600,000 secured to apply).
  • Ideas that are 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 (September 2017).

  • Ideas that are 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 are aligned with one of the four idea categories and its associated criteria (Community, Development, Health, Resilience & Legacy).

    Note: 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 that are 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 that fall within one of the three funding levels (up to $50,000, $50,001-$100,000, and $150,000).
  • Ideas for commercial or promotional benefit or purposes/for-profit business ventures.
  • Ideas that take place within Canada on publicly accessible spaces.

    Note: Ideas cannot require access to private or restricted property in order to be implemented.

  • Ideas that are accessible to all individuals regardless of faith/religious background.

The Aviva Community Fund offers three levels of funding:

Small ideas: $50,000 and under
Large ideas: $50,000 - $100,000
Community Legacy ideas: $150,000 (one prize only)

There are four project categories to choose from:

Category 1: Community Development

Education, skills training, culture, research and basic needs

Community Development (PDF 256KB)

Category 2: Community Health

Health, sport, active living and play

Community Health (PDF 328KB)

Category 3: Community Resilience

Environment, climate, disaster relief and prevention

Community Resilience (PDF 252KB)

Category 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)

Community Legacy (PDF 203KB)

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

How can I submit an idea?

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

Your idea must fall within one of four idea categories and three funding levels and meet all eligibility requirements.

Once you submit an idea, our team of moderators will review your submission to make sure it meets all eligibility requirements. Note: It may take them up to three business days to review an idea.

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 Idea Submission Guide (PDF 3.34MB) for:

  • tips for creating a successful idea 
  • the idea categories and funding levels 
  • funding guidelines
  • how to become a Finalist
  • how ideas are judged
  • winning ideas from previous years

Voting Round & Getting to the Finals

Anyone registered for the Aviva Community Fund has 18 votes they can use at any time from October 10 -19, 2017 to vote for their favourite idea(s). You can 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. Don’t forget, once a vote is cast, it cannot be changed.

The 15 ideas that receive the most votes in each of the two funding levels in the Community Development, Community Health and Community Resilience categories plus the 5 ideas that receive the most votes in the Community Legacy category and the idea with the highest Aviva broker partner votes (Top Ranked Broker-Supported idea) will become Finalists.

The 35 Finalists are then evaluated by our independent panel of judges who choose the Grand Prize Winners. Grand Prize Winners receive up to $100,000 (if entered into the large level of funding), up to $50,000 (if entered into the small level of funding) and $150,000 (if entered into the Community Legacy category). Finalists that do not become Grand Prize Winners will receive a $5,000 donation to a charity of their choice.

Broker Supported Ideas

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: Find a broker 

We are proud to continue our partnership with CanadaHelps, a known leader and innovator in the charitable sector. All Aviva Community Fund Grand Prize Winners will receive a range of 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.

Download the Idea Submission Guide

Do you have an idea that could have a real impact in your community? If your answer is “yes”, then you could win funding.

To learn more, download the 2017 Idea Submission Guide (PDF)