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 12 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.

We are offering three grants, each worth $5,000 of Canon product and money in-kind across New Zealand in the following categories; 
  • 1x Environment Grant - $4,000 Canon product & $1,000 cash
  • 1x Education/School Grant - $4,000 Canon product & $1,000 cash
  • 1x Community/Social Grant - $4,000 Canon product & $1,000 cash

Apply today

Applications for 2018 are now open until 20 July 2018.

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Vote for your top finalists

In 2018 we are changing things up a little! Our judges will select the top three entries in each category, which will then go through to a public vote, so our wider Canon community can have their say. 

The top three finalists will be selected based on the environmental and social merits of their organisation, as well as the importance of Canon technology in ensuring their project’s success. The finalists will be announced and voting will open in August, for updates on our campaign keep an eye on our website as well as our Facebook page.

Congratulations to our 2017 winners...

Community Grant – Worth Loving
Environmental activist and mural artist, Tess Sheerin is on a mission to raise awareness of water pollution via her campaign ‘New Zealand’s Worth Loving.’ The murals depict larger than life sea animals, revealing an array of rubbish inside them, in the hope it will encourage debate and influence change. The nationwide campaign started in Queenstown in 2015 and was followed by Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland. 

Tess' final piece will find its home on the side of Cumberland House building, in Wellington, this September. Upon completion of each mural, Tess co-ordinates the local community to get involved in a beach and waterfront clean-up.

The equipment received will allow Tess to film the Wellington mural coming together to share with the community, spreading her message as far and wide as possible.

Education Grant – Whananaki School
Over the years, Whananaki School has noticed a decline in its local ecosystem. To combat this, the school is running a couple of environmentally focused projects to educate its students about the importance of the environment and, at the same time, teaching them how to care for it. 

These projects include estuary monitoring, propagating and planting native trees along local streams, marine conservation and a community led development to fence the waterways. 

The Canon equipment will allow them to monitor their local estuary and learn more about the diverse habitats in the ecosystem. The children are working together to rid the area of pollution and will share their work with the local community. 

Environmental Grant – Wingspan Charitable Trust
Since the 1980’s, Wingspan has worked towards restoring the population of the Karearea - New Zealand’s falcon, which is the country’s most threatened bird of prey. 

With a focus on educating the community, Wingspan holds interactive flying sessions where the public can experience a species rarely seen in the wild. The charity actively breeds and rehabilitates injured wild birds with the hope of reintroducing them back to their natural habitat.

The Canon equipment will allow the charity to specifically film Karearea in their natural habitat throughout the year – a sight rarely seen -  from hatching at the nest to fully fledged adults. This will allow Wingspan to educate the public and raise awareness for conservation efforts towards these magnificent creatures.

  • Terms & Conditions

    1. By entering into this application process, the Applicant agrees to these terms. Information and instructions on how to participate form part of these terms.
    2. Applicants must be an individual New Zealand resident, entering on behalf of a group, or a New Zealand legal entity (Applicant).
    3. Canon will award $1,000 cash and up to $4,000 value of Canon consumer products (Grant) (consisting of digital cameras, digital video cameras, inkjet and photo printers, binoculars, flatbed scanners, photographic lenses, small-office multifunctional devices) (Canon Product) to a successful Applicant (Grant Recipient) based on these Terms and the application form.
    4. The value of Canon Products is determined by the retail price stated in the Canon official online store available at

    Phase 1: Nominations

    5. To nominate a potential Applicant, nominators must complete the nomination form via Canon’s online submission page at between 5 June 2018 and 5.00pm 19 June 2018 (Nomination). Nominators may nominate a third party or themselves to be an Applicant.
    6. Potential Applicants may be nominated for a Grant in one of the following categories:
    a. Environmental Grant: An environmental project with significance to New Zealand (Environmental Category);
    b. Education/School Grant: An educational project run by a primary or secondary school (Education Category);
    c. Community/Social Grant: A community or social project with significance to a local community provided the project has or will be implemented in New Zealand only (Community Category).

    Phase 2: Application

    7. On 20 June 2018, Applicants who were nominated will receive an email with information on how to submit an Application for a Canon Oceania Grant. Applicants who did not receive a Nomination may still submit an Application.
    8. To apply, Applicants must:
    a. complete the application form located on Canon’s website; and
    b. provide a pictorial representation of the Applicant’s aims such as a photograph, drawing, collage or artistic representation (Application).
    9. Canon must receive Applications via its online submission page at by 5.00pm Friday 20 July 2018.
    10. Applicants may only submit one Application per category.
    11. Canon recommends Applicants make a copy of their entire Application as they will not be returned.

    Phase 3: Judging

    12. Canon will judge each Application based on the proposed impact of the project and its uniqueness, and the importance of the Grant and the Canon Product to realising the project’s success, in its sole discretion. Canon will judge Applications solely based on the required application material stated in clause 9. No consideration will be given to any other supporting material or additional pages provided.
    13. Based on the above criteria, Canon will short list 3 finalists in each Category (Finalists).

    Phase 4: Voting

    14. The Finalists’ Applications will be displayed as vote eligible Entries (Entries) on Canon’s website.
    15. The voting will open on 17 August 2018 and close at 5.00pm 31 August 2018 (Voting Period).
    16. During the Voting Period, members of the public may vote for their favourite Entry. Each visitor may vote for as many Entries as they want, but may only vote once for an Entry. Finalists may vote for their own Entry in accordance with these Terms.
    17. Finalists must not attempt to obtain votes for their Entry by any fraudulent or improper means, whether directly or indirectly. Those means may include: (i) offering remuneration, compensation, payment, or other inducements to any person; or (ii) using automated functions to submit, solicit, or garner votes.
    18. Canon may verify votes received by a Finalist by any means. Votes received in breach of these Terms will be void. An Entry may be disqualified if a Finalist is found to have benefited from votes received in breach of these Terms.

    Phase 5: Announcement of Winners

    19. Based on the results of the vote in Phase 4, Canon will award 3 Grants; 1 Grant in the Environmental Category, 1 Grant in the Education Category and 1 Grant in the Community Category (Grant Recipients).
    20. Canon will announce the Grant Recipients on 14 September 2018 by direct email to the Grant Recipients and publicly on its website and selected official social media channels (Grant Announcement).


    21. Canon will award the specific Canon Product making up the Grant to the Grant Recipients based on Canon’s stock availability and each Grant Recipient’s preference, to be determined by Canon, in its sole discretion.
    22. A limit of one Grant per Grant Recipient will apply.
    23. Any Canon Product awarded to the Grant Recipient must be used for the predominant purpose of aiding and documenting the objectives of the Grant Recipient’s project stated in its Nomination and Application.
    24. The Grant is not transferable or exchangeable and the Canon Product element of the Grant cannot be taken as cash.


    25. By accepting the Grant, Grant Recipients agree to cooperate with Canon and any of Canon’s administrators or agents in any related publicity and promotion as reasonably requested by Canon. This may include interviews, videos, inclusion in the Canon Sustainability Report or feature on the Canon website or Canon’s official social media pages.
    26. Canon may use the details of the Grant Recipient’s project and Application, including any material or images (with image credit) provided to Canon, for a period of 5 years from the Grant Announcement, in any of its marketing or corporate related activities.
    27. If any recognisable person appearing in any Application image Applicants must obtain consent from the person (or their parent or guardian if they are under the age of 18), to submit the Application. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of such consent if requested.
    28. Grant Recipients must contact Canon before conducting their own marketing about the Grant, or to obtain a licence to use any Canon trademarks or logos, consent not to be unreasonably withheld.
    29. Delivery of Grant is subject to product availability. Canon will use commercially reasonable efforts to deliver the Grant to Grant Recipients as soon as practicable after the Grant Announcement, and if a product is unavailable, will communicate with Grant Recipients to arrange an alternative.
    30. If this program is interfered with in any way or is incapable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated for any reason beyond Canon’s reasonable control, Canon may, in its sole discretion, to the extent the law permits: (a) disqualify an Applicant; and/or (b) modify, suspend, terminate or cancel this Grants programme, as appropriate.
    31. Canon reserves the right, at any time, to (a) verify the validity of an Nomination or Application; (b) verify the Applicant’s details and eligibility under its Nomination and Application category); and (c) disqualify any Applicant who enters in a way that is not in accordance with these Terms.
    32. Canon’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    33. Canon reserves the right to refuse any Application in its reasonable discretion, including any that are not compliant with these Terms, are incomplete or are illegible.
    34. In relation to Canon Products that are defective and are not ordinarily acquired for personal, domestic or household use or consumption, Canon limits its liability to its option of:
    (a) replacing the products or supplying equivalent products;
    (b) repairing the products;
    (c) paying the cost of replacing the products or of acquiring equivalent products; or
    (d) paying the cost of having the products repaired.
    35. Except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law, Canon (including its officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence) whether direct, indirect, special or consequential for any loss or damage arising in in connection with the program including: (a) technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under Canon’s control); (b) theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; (c) Applications that are late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after Canon receipts it) due to any reason beyond Canon’s reasonable control; (d) variation in the Grant value to that stated in these terms; tax liability incurred by the Applicant; or (f) the Applicant’s use of any Canon Product.
    36. Canon collects personal information to conduct the program and communicate marketing materials relating to Canon’s business to Applicants (where consented to by the Applicant), and may, for these purposes, disclose that information to third parties, including related suppliers and as required, to New Zealand authorities. The Applicants consent to Canon’s use of their personal information for these purposes.
    37. The Promoter will manage the personal information it collects in accordance with its Privacy Policy (available at that contains information about access, correction and complaint processes.
    38. All money amounts in these Terms are in New Zealand Dollars inclusive of GST.
    39. These Terms are governed by the laws of New Zealand and Applicants submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of its courts.
    40. The Promotor is Canon New Zealand Limited of Canon House, Akoranga Business Park, Akoranga, Northcote, Auckland 0627 (Company number 438049) Ph: 0800 222 666 (Canon).
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