Last year the Aviva Community Fund provided awards to 431 projects close to the heart of local communities. This year, Aviva is pledging to reward even more organisations with much-needed funding.
Now in its second year, the Aviva Community Fund is an initiative that lends a hand to communities by offering support and funding for local causes. Passionate residents can submit an idea that will make a difference to their local group or charity, with the chance to secure funding ranging from up to £1,000 to £25,000.
Benefitting from the funding last year was the Axminister-based Canned Sunshine, which was awarded £1,000.
Canned Sunshine was established in 2012 when Axminster’s biggest employer, Axminster Carpets, stopped trading. Last year the food bank helped almost 500 members of the local community by providing food, toiletries and other essential items when they were most in need. The funds have helped keep the shelves stocked with essential goods for a number of people.
The people of Axminster are encouraged to start thinking about groups they would like to enter into or vote for as part of this year’s 2016 Aviva Community Fund when it comes to launch on 13 September 2016.
To further benefit even more community projects in Axminster, Aviva will pledge an extra £1 to the prize fund for every person who signs up to MyAviva in June, helping to make the Aviva Community Fund even bigger this year.
Samantha Norris, centre manager at the Axminster Health & Wellbeing Centre, said:
“The funding we received from Aviva is vital to our community projects in the area. For example, it enabled us to help a family who had no source of income for an extended period of time by providing important items such as nappies for a new baby.
“We think other community organisations will benefit in the way Axminster Food Bank has from the Aviva Community Fund and would like to suggest that others apply.”
Lindsay Forster, UK and Ireland customer marketing director at Aviva, said:
“As Canned Sunshine has shown, the work of community groups across the UK is invaluable and touches the lives of so many people.
“We want to enable great organisations such as Canned Sunshine and so many more to continue this inspiring work, which is why this year we’re pledging even more money to the initiative.
“For each person who signs up to MyAviva in June, we’ll put in an extra £1, so make sure you get involved to help make this year’s prize fund even bigger.”
To sign up to MyAviva and add £1 to the Aviva Community Fund prize pot, visit: http://www.aviva.co.uk/good-thinking/community-fund/.
It is time for the Axminster community to nominate the local groups they believe should receive up to £25,000 and for every person who signs up to MyAviva by 30th June, Aviva will pledge £1 to the prize fund.
(from a press release)