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Gadgets for good: Canon grants up for grabs

Would a pair of high-performance binoculars help you monitor the status of an endangered species in your community? Or perhaps an underwater camera would help your coral reef conservation project document the effects of global warming?

Canon Oceania grantsCanon Oceania is calling for applicants for its annual environmental grants programme.

Selection is based on the environmental merits of each nominated project, as well as the importance of the products in realising its success. Each of the recipients will have their choice of $5,000 of Canon equipment – this could be digital compact and DSLR cameras, video cameras, binoculars, projectors, printers or water-proof cameras.

Canon Oceania sustainability manager Janet Leslie says last year's grants helped support research, sea turtle protection projects and other community and environmental initiatives.

This year the grants will be awarded under the following categories:

NEW ZEALAND

·       Regional Award: An environmental project with significance to a rural or regional area;


·       School Award: An environmental project being run by a primary or secondary school community;


·       Grassroots Award: A community group with an income of $25,000 or less.


AUSTRALIA

·       National Award: An environmental project with national significance and impact;


·       Regional Award: An environmental project with significance to a rural or regional area;


·       School Award: An environmental project being run by a primary or secondary school community;


·       Grassroots Award: A community group with an income of $25,000 or less;


·       Youth Award: A project led by an individual under 25 years of age.

Applications can be made through the Canon website and close August 31.