Canon Oceania has opened submissions for its 2023 Grants program. This year, to celebrate Canon’s 50th year in Australia, the Grant pool has been increased to $50,000 across the region.

In addition to three category winners across Education, Community, and Environment, Canon will also recognise an overall winner to receive both a Grant and a Content Development Package valued at $10,000.   

Since the inception of its Grants program 17 years ago, Canon has supported more than 100 community organisations and schools and provided more than $500,000 in monetary and product support. 

“Through our annual Grants program, we get the chance to hear from organisations who are contributing to positive change,” Canon Oceania managing director, Kotaro Fukushima said.

Kyosei is at the heart of everything we do, so it gives us great pride to be able to celebrate and reward the important role they are playing within their local communities. In celebration of our 50th year of operating in Australia this year, we are excited to be able to offer $50,000 worth of Grants across the region, extending our support so these organisations can continue the great work they’re doing.”

The three categories in this year’s Grants program are Community, Education and Environment. The program will provide each Grant recipient in both Australia and New Zealand with $2,500 in cash and Canon product worth up to $2,500 RRP.

In addition, the $10,000 Content Development Package awarded to the overall Grant recipient in each country will enable the winning individual or organisation to build professional content to support their initiative in the form of editing, photography, videography and/or studio hire.  

The Grant pool is made up of $25,000 of Grants in Australia and $25,000 in New Zealand, totalling $50,000 across the region.

The 2023 Grants will be awarded under the following categories: 

Community Grant – AU$5,000 (made up of $2,500 cash and Canon product up to $2,500 RRP) open to organisations that have a positive impact on communities, encompassing cultural and societal causes.  

Education Grant – AU$5,000 (made up of $2,500 cash and Canon product up to $2,500 RRP) open to schools and other educational centres for children and adults.

Environment Grant – AU$5,000 (made up of $2,500 cash and Canon product up to $2,500 RRP) open to not-for-profits and organisations dedicated to raising awareness of the protection of the environment or promoting sustainable practices. 

Overall Grant (Content Development Package) valued at AU$10,000 will be awarded to the category Grant recipient who received the highest total amount of votes for their entry. 

Submissions are open until 23 July 2023. The wider community will vote on finalists in August and winners will be announced in September.