Canon Australia offers grants for environmental projects

By Craig Zammit

SYDNEY: Canon Australia has followed up on last year’s environmentally-friendly grants scheme by once again launching the Canon Environmental Grants program to encourage Australian projects, with product grants totalling $25,000.

The Canon Environmental Grants comprise five product endowments to the value of $5,000 each, with organisations working on projects that will benefit Australia’s natural environment encouraged to apply for a Canon product grant before Friday 31 August 2007.

Canon Australia managing director, Shuichi Tsukahara, encourages any organisation involved in environmental work to apply for the grant.

“Canon recognises that funding for environmental projects is often limited. We also believe conserving the environment is of vital importance,” Tsukahara said.

“In 2006, the Canon Environmental Grant received an overwhelming response and we were able to support some fantastic organisations and community groups. This year we hope that the grants will make a difference for five Australian environmental projects by providing quality equipment to capture and document activities,” he said.

The Canon Environmental Grants will provide successful organisations a selection of Canon imaging products to assist their environmental work. Applicants may choose from Canon’s extensive consumer product range including high-quality digital still cameras, digital video cameras, binoculars, digital SLR cameras with interchangeable lenses, compact photo printers and All-in-One printers.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is one of living and working in harmony for the common good. In accordance with this approach, Canon is committed to environmental protection both in its daily operations and through support activities.

“All of Canon’s products are designed with environmental impact as a key consideration. Successful applicants can be confident that using Canon products will mean they have the most advanced technologies with minimised environmental impact,” said Tsukahara.

Previous winners of Canon Australia’s Environmental Grants include Reef Check Foundation Australia, Planet Ark, Department of Environment and Conservation, Friends of Lane Cove National Park and Denmark High School. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) also received a Canon Environmental Grant in 2006 which assisted in their dolphin research project.

Organisations interested in applying for the Canon Australia Environmental Grants should visit canon.com.au/environmentalgrant for information and submit an online application form. The successful applicants will be notified in September, and the Canon products presented shortly afterwards.

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