Around £1.7 million is available for the 2017 Aviva Community Fund. Funding is available to voluntary and community organisations for projects that will make a real difference to local residents.
The grants support all kinds of projects providing they are causes that the community really cares about and are charitable in nature. Not-for-profit organisations and groups that are operating for the good of their local community and have been in existence for at least six months and have an income of £1 million or less can apply.
In 2017, there are four funding levels:
- 380 awards of up to £1,000
- 40 awards of up to £5,000
- 20 awards of up to £10,000
- 8 awards of up to £25,000
For 2017 there are four categories and projects must address one of the following:
- Health and wellbeing – projects related to helping people take control of their physical and mental health. These could include anything from walking clubs to reduce loneliness, improving playgrounds and sports clubs and associations to community centres running wellbeing initiatives.
- Skills for life – projects that aim to help communities and individuals improve their lives by learning useful new skills, particularly digital ones. Projects in this category can help people of all ages develop skills to make their lives easier or more fulfilling. This could include budget training for families, job skills or getting up to speed with new technology.
- Inclusivity – projects will understand that successful communities value all people, recognising that every person adds something to the whole, and work to develop closer ties within the community, such as multi-faith education, accessibility improvements and community integration programmes.
- Community support – projects that are important to the wider community, and they could be anything from regeneration projects to local support groups, or even community events. This category aims to help communities make their surroundings and aspects of their life sustainable.