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And the winners are…

The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance for local community projects to win funding because together we can do more for the causes you care about.

With the votes counted and the judging over, we’re thrilled to announce the local projects that have successfully won funding from the Aviva Community Fund. Thank you to everyone who got behind a project and voted!

The Aviva Community Fund will be back next year offering more funding. Register now to keep up with news on the Aviva Community Fund.

The winning moment

Here's the moment where some of projects found out they’d won.

Video transcript

[screaming]

oh my god

[excited laughter]

Have we?

Have we actually won?

[excited laughter]

yaaaay

oh my goodness

[excited laughter]

oh that’s fantastic

I did not know that!

I thought it was…

Ahh!

Oh yes!

Well done!

Delighted!

Well done, thank you very much!

It means so much

Yeah it does

Hooray!

Anna has kept that very quiet

[laughter]

Aviva is supporting a diverse range of projects across the UK, our map shows where (PDF 1.08MB).

How the competition works

Whether you’re looking to solve a problem, speed up an ongoing project or help in some other way, this is your chance to make a real difference to your local community. And it all starts with your great idea.

Put your thinking cap on

What projects does your organisation need financial support for that will make a positive impact in your community?

Submit your project

Fill in our short entry form. There are six categories you can enter into, and four levels of funding to choose from.

Rally the voters

Promote your project to as many friends, family members and neighbours as possible to get their votes.

Fingers crossed…

The projects with the most votes will become finalists and judged before the winners are announced.

Introducing the ACF team

Renowned for telling stories and sharing stories, the ACF team is a panel of experts that we have brought together to provide you with all the information you need to help you promote your project and raise the profile of your organisation.

Martin Parr – celebrated photographer, Heidi Greensmith – master film story teller, director and writer, Nina Ahmad – journalist and wordsmith, Alison Perry – award winning blogger, Facebook gurus Nick Pestell and Maria Purcell, and PR expert Mark Perkins offer their advice and top tips on how to take a great photo, create a compelling video just using your mobile phone and how to gather support for your project through social media and PR.

  • Martin Parr
  • Heidi Greensmith
  • Alison Perry
  • Nick Pestell
  • Maria Purcell
  • Mark Perkins

Watch the videos from Alison, Mark, Nick and Maria on how to drum up support for your project

Martin - The power of a picture - how to capture your story in a photograph

Video transcript

Telling your story through photography: advice from Martin Parr

How to bring the story of your organisation to life through the lens of a camera or smartphone.

Identify key moments that convey the personality of your community

Martin Parr: If you go out and try and photograph yourself you have to go in close, often people go too far away, and you have to identify if you like where the energy source is, and then sort of concentrate on that.

This is in Sheffield, this is the Loxley Silver Band, and I went to one of their rehearsals, and this guy was doing a trumpet solo, and you can see the absolute concentration and the puff that you have to put in. So I’ve focused on the fingers here, and the rest of his face, it’s all there, the detail, but it’s slightly out of focus. So you really get a sense of that real hard work that has to go into playing a brass band instrument.

Make sure you tell a story through the photos you take

Martin Parr: I think the better pictures tell a story within the single frame. You get a sense of what’s going on, there will be a contradiction there, there will be a point that’s being made through the photograph, and you can build up these little sections if you like of the narrative, and at the end you have 10, 20 pictures that really do give a sort of image of what this place was like, and the sense of feeling and the excitement of being at that particular event.

So this is Organised Kaos. They use a lot of things like trapezes, so that means that during sort of free time they’re often hanging upside down. So I was able to actually get these two kids who had a great relationship with each other, and someone the right way up, so it just makes it look surreal. So you’re looking all the time for little moments like this where you’ve got a little surprise in the photo but it also tells you a story at the same time.

Take lots of photos

Martin Parr: I think my advice is, take many more pictures, accept that you have to take a lot of bad pictures because if you just wait for the great moments then you sort of lose momentum.

To view Martin’s images and to support a project in your local community, visit aviva.co.uk/community-fund

Heidi - Small screen stories - how to create community videos on your mobile phone

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Telling your story through film

Hello, I’m Heidi Greensmith. I’m a writer and director. I make documentaries, music videos, commercials and I’ve just made my first feature film. I’m here today as part of the Aviva Community Fund Team to share with you my top tips on how you can bring your entry to life by using your smartphone to make a short film.

Making a short film is easy. Here are a few points to help you along the way:

  1. Think carefully about what you choose to shoot. Make sure you’re telling the viewer something interesting and if you’re asking a subject questions, encourage them not to answer with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
  2. Smartphones have brilliant recording capabilities for your sound these days, but you do need to make sure that the room that you’re filming in is quite quiet. If you’re outside make sure that it’s not windy.
  3. Don’t think that you have to spend ages editing your film, a series of clips is just as effective at telling your story as a short film.

So that’s it from me. Have fun, good luck and I’ll be looking out for your films.

Facebook experts Maria Purcell and Nick Pestell

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Raise awareness of your entry through Facebook

Hello I’m Nick Pestell and this is Maria Purcell and we’re from Facebook.

As part of our role on the Aviva Community Fund Team we’re here to show you how to set up a Facebook page and share our top tips on how to drive support for your cause.

Here’s our advice on how to easily and successfully set up and run a Facebook page.

  1. Setting up your page is really simple. Make sure you use a name that will make it easier for your supporters to remember you and, for consistency, make sure you use the same name that you use on other social media channels.
  2. Make sure your profile picture clearly represents your project. It’s good to use a logo or an image of the chosen work that your charity or group does. That way people will both recognise and identify with your cause.
  3. Next you need to write your ‘About’ section. Make sure you share all the information about what your project does. Share your contact information and include a link through to your Aviva Community Fund page where people can click through and vote for you.
  4. Now you’ve set up your page, you can start posting. These should be short messages that let your supporters know about upcoming events or your chosen cause. Make sure your posts are interesting and informative and try to use photo and video so that your supporters can see the work that your project does. This will encourage people to vote for your project.
  5. Finally, make sure you tell everyone you know about your new Facebook page and ask them to like it, so more importantly, they can keep updated with all of your news. Ask those who have already liked your page to share your post with their friends and family. This is a great way to drum up support for your entry.

So good luck, we’ll be keeping our eyes open for some fantastic Facebook pages.

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Watch as Aviva Community Fund Team members, Maria and Nick, give their top tips on how to raise awareness of your entry through Facebook.

Alison Perry: Champion your entry through social media

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Hi I’m Alison Perry and I’m a blogger, social media expert and magazine editor. I’m here as part of the ACF Team to give you top tips on social media and show how you can use social media to enhance your application and get votes for your charity or community project:

  1. Firstly, be consistent. So, use the same user names across all social media channels, by that I mean Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And try to manage the accounts yourself. With that you’ll have the same tone of voice and your personality will really start to come through.
  2. Make sure you remain professional at all times; be yourself, have some fun but it’s really important to remain professional.
    The thing about social media is that it is very public and you’re going to have people who will come along and disagree with what you’re saying. That’s inevitable. But don’t let it worry you and just remain friendly and professional at all times. Unfriendly behaviour on social media can actually be more damaging than not being on social media at all.
  3. Make the messages you post on social media really clear – if you want people to vote for you, don’t be too embarrassed to ask. Share the URL for the ACF voting page in your tweets and Facebook posts, asking people to click through and vote for you – if people don’t understand your tweet they’ll just ignore it.
  4. Use visuals like photos and videos to enhance your social media posts. They’re proven to engage more people and engaged people are more likely to click through and vote for you, but make sure they’re relevant to your post and to your project.
  5. Don’t overthink it, social media is just an extension of the real world, so chat naturally and have a genuine conversation with your followers. It will help them to understand your cause better and they’re more likely to click through and vote for you.

That’s it from me, good luck with your entry and I look forward to seeing lots of tweets and social media posts over the coming weeks encouraging people to vote for you.

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Watch as Aviva Community Fund Team member, Alison Perry, gives her top tips on how to champion your entry through social media.