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Canon Oceania Grants Program 2022 introduces new grant to support flood-affected SMEs and organizations

Canon Oceania has opened submissions for its 2022 grants program. This year, the company has introduced a new sub-category in its community grant, to specifically support the recovery of flood-affected businesses and community organizations following the recent devastating floods in Queensland and New South Wales.

Over the past 16 years, Canon Oceania has supported more than 80 schools, non-profit organizations and community groups with over US$450,000 in financial and product support, all in the spirit of Canon’s guiding philosophy of at Kyosei (i.e. living and working together for the common good).

“This year, the Canon Oceania Grants Program returns to support individuals and organizations. The nation has had a tumultuous few years as we navigate the continued effects of COVID-19 and natural disasters, and we are delighted to be able to extend our support to those affected by the recent floods,said Canon Oceania general manager Kotaro Fukushima.

The three categories of this year’s grant program include community, education, and environment.

Each grant recipient will receive $2,500 in cash and $2,500 in Canon products ranging from cameras and printers to projectors and other accessories.





Stories from last year’s winners

The 2021 Canon Oceania grant winners have put their awards to good use. The Young Naturalists, winner of the 2021 Small Business Fellowship (now part of the community category) aims to connect children to nature by offering nature photography workshops. Since the win, they have enjoyed greater awareness of their work and won a contract to present the workshops at Sydney Olympic Park.

Thanks to the products we received from Canon, we were able to offer nature photography workshops that allow children to connect with nature, which we could not do before winning the grant,” said the director. and co-founder of The Young Naturalist, Dr. Fiona Benion.

“Winning the scholarship has given me and my colleague Aniuzka a huge boost of confidence and we are extremely grateful to Canon for awarding the scholarship to The Young Naturalist – it has been the highlight of our journey so far. ‘now !

Last year’s winner in the education category, Giant Steps Australia, operates a school and provides intervention and adult services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.

“Many Giant Steps students are non-verbal and deal with complex challenges. Thanks to the Canon Oceania grant, we were able to create visual systems and aids to help children with autism communicate,” said Phillippa Talbot from Giant Steps Australia.

Thanks to the product donation we received, we were also able to create videos to showcase the work we do to help raise awareness about autism in the wider community.

Additionally, the 2021 community grant winner, KidsXpress, supports children’s mental health through expressive therapy and trauma-informed educational services.

“As a mental health organization that supports children affected by trauma through expressive therapy, we have been able to take children outside of the therapy space, exploring their potential and possibilities through safe support: l “lens of a camera. It’s thanks to the Canon Oceania grant program,” said CEO and founder of KidsXpress, Margo Ward.

I truly believe that this grant program can significantly change the lives of people and organizations, and the way they then support people. I encourage everyone to participate this year.

The 2022 grant categories

The 2022 scholarships will be awarded in the following categories:

  • 2 x community grants – AU$10,000
  • 1 X Community Grant – AU$5,000
    • Open to any for-profit entity that employs less than 20 people and has a cumulative turnover of less than AUD 10 million (according to ABS and ATO guidelines as well as a range of organizations keeping their community at the heart of what they do, ranging from nonprofits to grassroots groups.

  • 1x “flood recovery” community grant – AU$5,000
    • Open to any for-profit organization or entity affected by the 2022 floods in Eastern Australia.

  • 1x education to agree– AU$5,000
  • Open to schools and other educational centers for children and adults.
  • 1 x environmental grant – AU$5,000
  • Open to associations and organizations dedicated to raising awareness of environmental protection or promoting sustainable practices.

Submissions are open until July 29, 2022 via https://www.canon.com.au/about-canon/community/grants. The wider community will vote on the finalists in August and the winners will be announced in September.

For more information on the Canon Oceania Grants Program 2022, please visit: https://www.canon.com.au/about-canon/community/grants.