Grant to support flood-affected SMEs announced


Canon Oceania has launched a new grant that will support the recovery of flood-affected businesses and community organisations following the recent floods in Queensland and New South Wales that caused a great deal of damage.

The launch was made during the announcement of the opening of submissions for Canon Oceania’s 2022 Grants Program, with this new grant forming part of its community grant.

“This year, the Canon Oceania Grants Program returns to support both individuals and organisations,” Kotaro Fukushima, Managing Director for Canon Oceania, said. “The nation has experienced a tumultuous few years as we navigated the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and natural disasters, and we’re so pleased to be able to extend our support to those affected by the recent floods.”

The 2022 Grants will be awarded under the following categories:

  • Two x Community Grants – AU$10,000, composed of
    • One x Community Grant – AU $5000, open to any for-profit entity that employs fewer than 20 people and have less than AUD 10 million aggregated turnover (according to ABS and ATO guidelines), along with a range of organisations keeping their community at the heart of what they do, ranging from not-for-profits to grassroots groups.
    • 1 x Community ‘Flood Recovery’ Grant – AU $5000, open to any organisation or for-profit entity affected by the 2022 Eastern Australia floods.
  • 1 x Education Grant– AU$5000, open to schools and other educational centres for children and adults alike.
  • 1 x Environment Grant – AU$5000, open to not-for-profits and organisations dedicated to raising awareness of the protection of the environment or promoting sustainable practices.

Each grant recipient will receive $5000 worth of cash and Canon products ($2500 cash and $2500 in products), ranging from cameras and printers to projectors and other accessories.

The grants program has supported more than 80 schools, not-for-profits and community groups with over $450,000 in monetary and product support over the last 16 years in the spirit of their guiding philosophy of Kyosei (meaning living and working together for the common good).

Submissions will remain open until 29 July 2022. The wider community will vote on finalists in August, and winners will be announced in September.