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Submissions open for 2021 grants program

Students from Broad Bay School. Photo Credit: Gregor Richardson Otago Daily Times.

Now in its 16th year, Canon Oceania has supported almost 80 schools, not for profits, and community groups with more than $450,000.

Canon New Zealand Chief Executive Kim Conner says at canon we are guided by the Kyosei philosophy, which means living and working together for the common good.

“This is even more relevant as over the past 18 months, New Zealand communities and organisations have been significantly impacted,” says Kim.

“It is so important for us to get behind them.”

For the second year running, winners will receive an equal donation of cash and canon equipment – to support those trying to rebuild themselves in a challenging economy.

The 2021 grants program sees the return of Canon’s traditional three categories, being community, education and environmental.

Winners will be selected based on the strength of their initiative and the impact it will have on their community.

Broad Bay School on the Otago Peninsula won the 2020 Community Grant.

The school was provided equipment for students to construct a 3D model of Brady Bay and the harbour that connects with oral history of its people through QR codes.

Broad Bay School Principal Greg Macleod says winning the Canon Grant has opened wonderful opportunities for our students to connect with our wider community.

“Using the equipment and prize money, our students worked on projects to record the histories of our people and connect these to a three-dimensional sculpture of our local environment.

“The sculpture is an invaluable resource for our community, and we’d like to thank canon for making this happen,” says Greg.

In 2020, Canon extended its Grants Program to include small businesses in recognition of the impact of Covid-19 on New Zealand businesses.

The 2020 Small Business Grant winner was Bay Light, a camp that provides a chance for children to understand their place in the world and grow their self-belief.

The grant provided two decile schools with the opportunity to attend the camp for free, who otherwise wouldn’t have the financial means to attend.

Submissions are now open until July 30. The wider community will vote on finalists in August and winners will be announced in September.

For more information about Canon Oceania’s grants program 2021, please visit: canon.co.nz/grants

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