Canon Oceania has opened submissions for its 2024 grants program, with $40,000 available to recipients across Australia and New Zealand. The grants are designed to support community organisations across education, community, and environment categories, as well as a dedicated First Nations grant category this year.

New Canon Oceania research shows a lack of access to technology could be holding Australians back from major career and life opportunities, with nearly half of all respondents, including 65% of Gen Z participants, saying they may have chosen a different career path if they’d had greater access to technology in schools, including opportunities like media, design, creative arts, and photojournalism. 

Canon Oceania managing director, Kotaro Fukushima said that improving access to technology was a core goal of the 2024 grants program. 

“The Canon Oceania grants program is guided by our Kyosei philosophy of living and working together for the common good. Putting these values into practice means helping more Australians have access to technology that allows them to tell their stories, connect with each other and develop valuable skills,” he said.

“Through this year’s grants program, Australian organisations and the communities they serve will have the opportunity to receive high-quality photo, video and printing technology, as well as funding support.”

This year will be the 18th year of the annual Canon Oceania grants program. Since its inception, Canon has provided more than 110 community organisations and schools with more than $550,000 in funding and product support.

Across the 2024 categories, the program will provide each recipient with $5,000 worth of cash and Canon product ($2,500 cash and $2,500 in Canon product) ranging from cameras to lenses, printers and other accessories.

Submissions are now open. The wider community will vote on finalists in August and winners will be announced in September.