TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2015 /CNW/ – Aviva Canada, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, is pleased to announce that its 2015 Aviva Community Fund competition is officially open. Starting Sept. 15, 2015 Canadians with ideas for positive change can submit them to the competition for a chance to win a share of the $1 million fund.

“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,” said Debora Hendrickson, Aviva Canada’s Senior Vice President of Customer & Marketing. “It all starts with an idea, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year’s competition.”

New to the competition this year is fewer voting rounds. In prior years, ideas had to go through two rounds of voting to make it to the finals; this year there is only one round of voting. Ideas can be submitted in one of three categories – Community Resilience, Community Health and Community Development, as well as two funding levels – Small Ideas under $50,000 and Large Ideas $50,000 – $100,000. With only one round of voting, followed by judging, the 2015 Aviva Community Fund competition makes it even easier to win project funding.

“I encourage anyone with a worthwhile idea to enter the competition,” said 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. “Make sure that your idea is well thought-out and then use social media, emails, public service announcements, handouts and posters to gain supporters. Get your message out there to your community in as many ways as possible and you will have a great chance at winning.”

To kick off the start of the 2015 Aviva Community Fund, the Lake Country Food bank hosted an event to celebrate their new facility and their 2014 community fund win. To see video highlights of the event, including b-roll footage, click here.

Start making a difference today. Visit the Aviva Community Fund website for more information about the competition and to submit an idea. Idea submission ends on Friday October 2, 2015.

About the Aviva Community Fund
Since 2009, Aviva Canada has provided $5.5 million to 192 winning projects from coast to coast. With over 10,000 ideas submitted so far, the Aviva Community Fund has more than one million registered participants, who cast approximately nine million votes.

About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada is one of the leading property and casualty insurance groups in Canada providing home, auto and business insurance to more than three million customers. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc and has more than 3,000 employees, 25 locations and 1,700 independent broker partners.

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SOURCE Aviva Canada Inc.

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