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Aviva foundation

The Aviva Foundation is administered by Charities Trust under charity registration number 327489.

The Aviva Foundation was set up in the UK to make good use of unclaimed assets of shareholders, providing grants to charities and social enterprises, that deliver social impact and create new opportunities, ideas and insights. By sharing our expertise, we can make a big difference together.

The Foundation funds both pilot and multi-year projects in the following areas:

  • Financial capability and inclusion: To help people access affordable insurance, better manage their finances and avoid problem debt.
  • Community Resilience: To support communities to become more resilient in the face of environmental threats (e.g. flooding) and help mid-life and aging population live well for longer.
  • Sustainable Finance: To change the way the world's financial systems work, harnessing the power of business to deliver the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The process

The Aviva Foundation Board review new funding proposals throughout the year. Some of the projects funded so far include:

  • World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA): The WBA is benchmarking the 2,000 most influential companies globally, on their performance against the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The benchmarks measure company performance and progress across seven transformations, from energy and climate to financial and social. The information provides information to customers, investors, policy makers and civil society to engage with business impacts and enhance the delivery of SDGs. By working collaboratively with its 130 strong alliance, WBA’s ambition is to drive private sector action to get the world to where it needs to be. Find out more here:
  • Financially Resilient Communities: This 15-month project run by a consortium formed of St. Paul’s Advice Centre, Talking Money and Advice UK will use a ‘systems-thinking’ approach (in partnership with Aviva’s volunteer experts in this area) to help understand how current services operate and how they can be redesigned to help the financial well-being of low-income families in Bristol. The learnings from this project will be shared with other independent providers of advice and social welfare support across the UK.
  • Accessing Experience Programme: Working with Business in the Community, this three-year programme provides access to job opportunities to people over 50 years old in five cities across the UK, providing job placement opportunities, mid-life MOT support and campaigning for age friendly employment. Find out more
  • First Responders and First Workers Programme: Working with the 87% Foundation, this project provides access to free mental health support for the nation's “First Responders and First Workers”. This includes NHS staff, urgent care teams, final year students and those in early career roles. The app and mental fitness platform help individuals measure, understand and improve their mental wellbeing. It also helps build their resilience by providing programmes and personalised reports using insights from data science. Host organisations are given access to insight about the wellbeing of their people, allowing them to make better informed decisions around how to support them. We’ve recently doubled our commitment to this project given its vital role in supporting frontline staff during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Social Connections Programme: Working with York Cares, this three-year programme will help to tackle social isolation in older people by providing digital and financial training and enabling social connections through volunteering.
  • British Red Cross: As part of Aviva’s response to coronavirus, the Aviva Foundation has committed funding to the British Red Cross so they can accelerate their response to the pandemic, reaching more people – and quickly – to ensure those made most vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak can get the right support at the right time. The funds will expand Aviva’s existing support of the British Red Cross Community Reserve Volunteer (CRV) programme in the UK – something that is more important than ever during these times. They will also enable the British Red Cross to continue supporting those in the UK coming out of hospital, ensuring they are safe, and working with hospitals to help ease the pressure. 

The Aviva Foundation doesn’t currently accept unsolicited requests.

You can also find out more about the UK Aviva Community Fund, through which Aviva celebrates and supports small charities doing great work in communities across the country: