Judging

Who are the judges?

Entries that make it through to the finals will be judged by a panel of between three and five impartial judges. Our judging panels will be made up with a wide variety of impartial judges. These could be: 

  • employees
  • representatives from the trade press
  • customers
  • our outreach partners, and
  • brokers
  • others who have supported the Aviva Community Fund campaign.
  • financial advisers

What are the judges looking for?

The judges will assess entries asking for up to £5,000, £10,000 and £25,000, on the following criteria:

Impact (40%)

  • How urgent is the need in the community?
  • How many people will be affected by this project?
  • Is the idea compelling for a broad audience? (Taking into account the number of votes the entry received)

Longevity and sustainability (35%)

  • Is the entry a stand-alone project, or does it require funding from alternative sources?
  • How long will the project’s impact last in the community?
  • Does this project have clear volunteer support?

Likelihood of success (10%)

  • Is there a high probability of fast and successful delivery of this project?

Submission (10%)

  • How much effort went into preparing the entry and supporting documentation?
  • How well thought through and clearly explained is the entry?

Originality (5%)

  • How original is the idea versus other ideas entered into the competition?

How does this work for different funding levels?

Each judge will score the entries based on the criteria detailed above. We’ll apply the weighting of the criteria to create an overall score. After that, we’ll aggregate these scores and average them across the judging panel to get the final score for each entry.

There is no judging for the £1,000 awards

For projects asking for up to £5,000

  • In the main awards, the 14 highest ranking entries in the Health and wellbeing and Community Support categories and the ten highest ranking entries in the Skills for life and Inclusivity categories after judging will win funding.
  • In each of the broker and adviser awards, the four highest ranking entries in each category after judging will win funding.

For projects asking for up to £10,000

  • In the main awards, the seven highest ranking entries in the Health and wellbeing and Community Support categories and the five highest ranking entries in the Skills for life and Inclusivity categories after judging will win funding.
  • In each of the broker and adviser awards, the highest ranking entry in each category after judging will win funding.
For projects asking for up to £25,000
  • In the main awards, the four highest ranking entries in the Health and wellbeing and Community Support categories and the two highest ranking entries in the Skills for life and Inclusivity categories after judging will win funding.
  • In each of the broker and adviser awards, the two highest ranking entries regardless of category after judging will win funding.