Aviva Community Fund returns with $1 million pledge

publication date: Jun 28, 2012
The hard work was worth it, according to Dave Nussbaumer, lead organizer of the Yorkton (SK) Skateboard Park initiative. "We mobilized the students and entire community, proved that our project was worthwhile and ended up with $150,000 for a skateboard park in an area devastated by flooding."

He's talking about his community's award of $150,000 from the 2011 Aviva Community Fund. The Yorkton Skateboard Park was one of 12 winners to share in the Fund's $1 million prize.

The Aviva Community Fund competition will return in the fall of 2012 with another $1 million to encourage Canadians to lead, empower and support community initiatives across the country. Whether it's a project that will help get at-risk youth off the street and back into school, or other ways to extend a hand to those in need, the Aviva Community Fund enables individuals and groups to not only submit a community initiative for funding, but also become actively involved in making change happen.

Launched in the fall of 2009, the competition has already provided over $2.5 million in funding to 31 charities and community groups, including youth programs, animal shelters, public schools, camps and centres for those affected by disabilities or illness.

Designated support for at-risk youth

New to the competition this year is a specific prize of up to $150,000 for Canadian community groups or charities that support homeless and at-risk youth programs. Also within the program again this year is up to $150,000 in funding for initiatives specifically supported by insurance brokers.

Canadians are encouraged to submit their ideas at www.avivacommunityfund.org. Visitors to the site are asked to vote for their favourite ideas so they can advance through to the competition's final round, where they will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges.

Year four of the competition kicks off on September 24, 2012, and public voting on ideas starts October 1.

Visit www.avivacommunityfund.org for news, to sign up for campaign updates and to learn more about how to get involved.

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