Canon Oceania Grants

In the spirit of our guiding philosophy of Kyosei - living and working together for the common good, Canon has proudly supported community and environmental groups throughout Oceania for the last 11 years.

This program supports schools, not-for-profit and community groups who are addressing both social and environmental issues in their community and inspiring change for future generations. 

2018 Canon Oceania Grants

The judges have reviewed over 80 applications across three categories and we are excited to announce our three finalists for each of those categories. Check them out below and vote for your favourite today! Voting closes 5.00pm AEST 31 August 2018 with the winners being announced on 14 September 2018.

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Environmental Grant Finalists
1.   Rainforest Rescue
Rainforest Rescue’s mission is to protect rainforests, where 75 per cent of Australia’s rainforest is destroyed as areas of coastal lowland rainforest remain unprotected. They applied for the Grant to facilitate a program that will determine the health of trees in the Daintree Forest lowlands, and restore damaged rainforest blocks. The Grant will provide the necessary equipment to accurately and visually measure tree growth and loss within restoration sites, and document the success of their planting. This program aspires to fully restore the dwindling rainforest, connecting it to an adjacent intact rainforest.

2.   Undalup Association
Undalup Association Inc is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the growth and diversity of the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community, building awareness of traditional and cultural ties to the land, while promoting a better understanding of land and water management. They applied for the Grant to engage participants in a range of environmental activities – including collection rubbish from the WA coastline, waterways and heritage sites – all of which is recorded on a national database. The Grant will provide the necessary equipment to record passing marine and other wildlife, wildlife rescues and seasonal changes, and filming of cultural documentaries such as Elders sharing their traditional knowledge and skills with the younger generation.

3.   Ocean Crusaders
Ocean Crusaders aims to mitigate plastic pollution from coastal waterways and beaches to enhance the quality of life for current and future Australians, raising awareness of the individual’s environmental responsibility. They applied for the Grant to enhance community participation in their clean up initiatives on three of Moreton Bays’ major islands. The Grant will provide the necessary equipment to document their clean-up events and assist in their record keeping, as all debris recovered from islands will be documented and logged with the Australian Marine Debris Database. The footage would be invaluable for updating their online educational and classroom presentation.

Education/School Grant Finalists
1.   CooeeGC
CooeeGC is a small Senior School Campus geared towards students with a vested interest in the surfing industry, providing them sound education and exposure to make informed decisions that will support pathways beyond school. They applied for the Grant to enhance their current project based on surfing skills, providing them the necessary equipment to create quality footage of the students surfing, which will improve their skills and enhance their commitment to their goal of becoming professional surfers. This program aims to shape stand-out citizens, students and surfers – directly supporting students’ goals to pursue their dreams effectively.

2.   Oatlands Public School
The Oatlands Stepping Stones project at Oatlands Public School aims to improve biodiversity in and around the school. They applied for the Grant to enable students to monitor wildlife habitat zones bordered by the school, both before and after the creation of these zones. The Grant will provide the necessary equipment for the students to accurately observe, record and share information on the wildlife observed, enabling them to create films, e-books, digital presentations and web pages to share with the school and the local community. This project will transform the school’s outdoor areas into havens for a variety of local wildlife, providing stepping stones for wildlife to move between significant bush corridors close to the school.

3.   The Nature School Primary
The Nature School’s mission is to create a community where children learn and shine through authentic environmental experiences, becoming active global citizens for a sustainable future. They applied for the Grant to develop a project for students to create a high quality, accurate, photographic field guide of local flora and fauna in Port Macquarie for presentation to the local community. The Grant will provide the necessary equipment to complete the project and enable the creation of a photographic field guide that will allow students to engage in citizen science. This program will enable students to understand the impact of species decline, and share this impact with the local community.

Community/Social Grant Finalists
1.   Big Fat Smile
Big Fat Smile is a not-for-profit, community owned provider of child education, care, recreation, cultural and inclusions services in NSW and the ACT. They applied for the Grant to deliver over 50 photography sessions through their after-school program, which will be themed around ‘belonging’. The Grant will enable the direct hiring of a ‘Photography Guru’ who will run 40 lessons across more than 10 locations, reaching over 800 children. This program will allow children to participate in a rich and exciting learning experience that would usually only be available at an additional cost that may not be affordable for everyone.

2.   Sydney Story Factory
Sydney Story Factory is a not-for-profit organisation that enriches the lives of marginalised youth through creative writing and storytelling. Its programs are aimed at people from Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse, and lower socioeconomic backgrounds who are most at risk of low literacy. They applied for the Grant to introduce new avenues for young people to explore visual storytelling and dramatisation through their Life Through Our Lens program. The Grant will provide the necessary equipment for participants to produce vignettes, animated films, mini documentaries, tableaus and more – providing more pathways to reduce the lifelong impact of poor literacy.

3.   The Australian Foundation for Disability
The Australian Foundation for Disability is a not-for-profit organisation that enables over 2,000 people with disabilities to leader richer, more rewarding lives. They applied for the Grant to develop a program that will enable many of their disadvantaged clients (with life-long disabilities and mobility issues) to learn and embrace an exciting new skill. The Grant will provide the necessary equipment to enable weekly photographic activities for participants from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, including those from low socioeconomic segments who have never had the opportunity to participate in such a program. This program aims to break down the social isolation faced daily by many disabled people.

We are offering seven grants, each worth $5,000 of Canon equipment and money in-kind across Australia and New Zealand in the following categories:

1 x Environmental Grant - $4,000 product & $1,000 cash
1 x Education/School Grant - $4,000 product & $1,000 cash
1 x Community/social Grant - $4,000 product & $1,000 cash
1 x Runner-up Grant - $1,000 product

New Zealand
1 x Environmental Grant - $4,000 product & $1,000 cash
1 x Education/School Grant - $4,000 product & $1,000 cash
1 x Community/social Grant - $4,000 product & $1,000 cash

Read the full 2018 terms & conditions

Congratulations to our 2017 winners...

   Community Award Winner – Camera Story
   School Award Winner – Bayswater Secondary College
   Environmental Grant – The Last Straw
   Runner Up Grant - Riverland Youth Theatre

Read all about our 2017 winners in the full media release

Image credit: Camera Story

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