Aviva Canada has opened up its Community Fund competition for the fourth year, where Canadians can have a chance to win $1 million toward a project that will benefit their community.
Canadians can visit and submit ideas that they think will have a positive impact on their local community. Entrants can then rally support from their community to potentially have a share of the $1 million Aviva Community Fund.
New this year is also a specific prize within the $1 million fund of up to $150,000 for Canadian community groups or charities that support homeless and at-risk youth programs. The fund also includes up to $150,000 in funding for initiatives specifically supported by insurance brokers.
In 2011, the 12 winning ideas ranged from a skateboard park in Saskatchewan to a senior’s gym in eastern Ontario. Among the winners was also a bear rescue facility in British Columbia.
“I wanted to make a difference in my community for all children with disabilities, so how could I pass on the opportunity to enter the Aviva Community Fund?” said Kelly Meissner, idea generator behind 2011 winner Kate’s Kause. After winning $60,000 Kate’s Kause was able to build a fully accessible playground for the entire Elmira, Ontario community to use.
The Aviva Community Fund began in 2009 and has since provided funding to 31 charities and community groups.
Canadians can access the competition, view judging information and vote via and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AvivaCommunityFund). Also, for every Like the Aviva Community Fund receives on Facebook, $1 will be donated to a number of charitable partners.