The insurer has announced detailed of its Aviva Community Fund 2020 as well as a package of digital support for charities.
Small charities are being invited to bid for funding to build their skills and impact through a Fund set up by insurer Aviva and worth £1m this year.
The Aviva Community Fund 2020 will offer a total of £250,000 each quarter to small charities and community groups to “drive long-term sustainable success” and “make a life-changing impact”.
Each grant on offer is for up to £50,000 and the awards are only available to charities with an annual turnover under £1m.
Alongside the fund the insurer is offering support to charities with their digital and data skills through its digital Knowledge Library. This also focuses on guidance around networking, risk management, strategy and innovation and includes access to Facebook groups to provide further tips and advice.
Also involved in Aviva’s community work is the Foundation for Social Improvement to offer webinars on measuring and reporting impact.
The Aviva Community Fund has been running since 2010, across the UK and nine other countries globally.
One of those already supported is Yorkshire charity Harrogate School of English for its Tea and Talk initiative to support refugees.
In addition, Aviva is looking to boost its employee engagement with charities through the creation of an ‘employee wallet’ worth £60. This is being made available for all its 16,000 UK staff members and will enable them to donate directly to good causes on Crowdfunder.
“We believe the small charities that make the most impact are the ones given the opportunity to innovate and test new ideas,” said, Aviva’s UK Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Jude Brooks.
“That is why with our Aviva Community Fund programme, we are focusing not only on facilitating funding for small charities with genuinely forward-thinking ideas, but also sharing knowledge from Aviva’s people and building the capabilities of causes through training and coaching. Our ambition is to enable causes to become self-sustaining over the long term.
“We are extremely proud of the impact the Aviva Community Fund has had on so many worthy causes in recent years, and are delighted to give our network of approximately 16,000 employees the chance to contribute directly the causes that matter to them most.”