As you collect votes from friends, family and supporters in your community, you’re building your crowd. Crowdfunding allows your supporters to give you funding directly, by contributing financially to your cause, as well as by voting.

You’ll need to set up two project pages – first on the Aviva Community Fund platform and then on Crowdfunder through this link http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/apf/aviva/add. But once you’re up and running, you can collect votes and raise money at the same time. Just make sure your supporters know they vote on your Aviva page and pledge on your Crowdfunder page.

There will be plenty of help and support for you along the way, even if you have never crowdfunded before. And whether you are shortlisted or not, you’ll have a chance to walk away with some much-needed funds for your cause.

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