Aviva Canada brings back Community Fund

Published: September 14, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Aviva Canada has once again opened its Aviva Community Fund (ACF) funding competition, once again offering over $1 million in funding to community-based projects around the country. ACF is returning for its ninth year and competitors can submit their projects by October 2.

“We recognize that the charitable sector is evolving,” said Debora Hendrickson, senior vice president, customer & marketing with Aviva Canada. “Emerging new players are redefining the definition of charitable giving and philanthropy. We are adapting to these changes and have expanded eligibility beyond registered charities this year to also include social enterprises, registered B corporations and nonprofits,” she said.

Aviva says the Community Fund has been a huge success over its seven years, with 220 projects funded and $6.5 million invested.

This year, Aviva Canada is introducing a new category, called the Community Legacy, which is in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Community Legacy seeks aspiring community entrepreneurs aged 18 to 25 to find original solutions to combat the challenges posed by climate change.

Community Legacy winners will get a prize of $150,000.