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Aviva Community Fund returns for the seventh year

September 16, 2015   by Canadian Underwriter

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Aviva Canada is encouraging Canadian with ideas for positive change to make submissions for a chance to win a share of the $1 million Aviva Community Fund.

Aviva Community Fund competition kicks off

Now in its seventh year, the 2015 Aviva Community Fund competition officially opened Tuesday, with ideas submissions due Oct. 2, 2015. Since beginning in 1999, the Aviva Community Fund has provided $5.5 million to 192 winning projects across the country.

This year, the competition will have just one round of voting before ideas are judged, notes a statement from Aviva Canada. Aviva Canada reports that trimming the number of voting rounds from two to one “makes it even easier to win project funding.”

Ideas can be submitted in one of three categories (namely community resilience, community health and community development) and two funding levels (small ideas are less than $50,000 while large ideas are $50,000 to $100,000).

Related: Food bank, playground and homelessness projects among winners of Aviva Community Fund competition

“We are investing $1 million in project funding because we want to help create positive change in Canadian communities and help people bring their ideas to life,” says Debora Hendrickson, Aviva Canada’s senior vice president of customer and marketing.

“Make sure that your idea is well thought-out and then use social media, emails, public service announcements, handouts and posters to gain supporters,” suggests Bob Rymarchuk, rotary project chair for the new home for the Lake Country Food Bank, one of the 2014 Aviva Community Fund Grand Prize Winners. “Get your message out there to your community in as many ways as possible and you will have a great chance at winning,” Rymarchuk emphasizes.

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