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All you need to know about the Achates Philanthropy Prize 2019

The Achates Philanthropy Prize is extremely proud to introduce the Achates Philanthropy Prize Ambassadors, a newly-established group of experienced arts professionals who are launching the first-ever Achates Philanthropy Prize Bursaries, giving five UK arts organisations a bespoke masterclass to support the development of their fundraising. 

The Achates Philanthropy Prize Bursaries is the first in a series of national initiatives to be launched and led by the Ambassadors, supported by the Trustees of the Achates Philanthropy Foundation and the Directors of Achates Philanthropy Ltd, in response to the commitment of this group of sector leaders.

Born out of the groundswell of support for the Achates Philanthropy Prize in 2018, this group of passionate and experienced arts professionals will lead on the development and delivery of innovative new models to support the continued growth of cultural sector fundraising. United in the belief that current funding infrastructures are failing too many arts organisations across the country, the Ambassadors will develop and champion a new, resilient and inclusive vision of the arts ecosystem based on a community of grassroots supporters.

What is the Prize?

The Achates Philanthropy Prize is the national campaign to promote support of the arts and by putting forward a nomination, you are supporting the campaign. 

Launched in 2016, and administered by the Achates Philanthropy Foundation, the Prize seeks to encourage cultural organisations to strategically engage with first-time donors of all levels. The Prize celebrates and shares stories behind the development of a new generation of philanthropists.

There are two Awards; one for an individual or trust, and one for a company, for the example they've set in supporting culture for the first time.The individual/ trust or company are nominated in the relevant category by a UK cultural organisation, which completes the application. The winning individual/ trust and company will receive the awards, which have been commissioned from renowned sculptor, Peter Brooke-Ball MRBS, and of which they will be custodian for a year. The nominating cultural organisations will each receive a £5,000 donation from the Achates Philanthropy Foundation.

How Do the Bursaries Work?

All nominations for the Achates Philanthropy Prize will be considered for the Bursaries.

The Ambassadors will lead the delivery of the inaugural Bursaries, offering five organisations a bespoke day-long masterclass on cultural sector fundraising, tailored to their specific needs in infrastructure and skills development. The Bursaries will be awarded to organisations who have not been selected for the 2019 Achates Philanthropy Prize shortlists but have shown considerable potential in their audience strategy and fundraising activity. In addition, the Ambassadors will produce an accompanying report that will inform the future development of the Prize through its findings. A representative from the Ambassadors will be appointed to the Board of the Achates Philanthropy Foundation later this year.

Winners will be announced alongside the winners of this year’s Achates Philanthropy Prize at a special event at Rich Mix on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

Meet the Ambassadors:

Suzanne Alleyne ★  Rose Goddard ★ Nancy Hitzig ★ Zak Hulstrom ★ Sarah Maguire ★ Renu Mehto ★ Kane Moore ★ Clare O'Hara ★ Sally Pennington ★ Annemarie Shillito ★ Rossella Traverso

How do I  apply?

Any questions relating to the Prize must be directed to Prize Director Georgia Attlesey on

The 2019 Prize has been made possible thanks to the wonderful generosity of our sponsors; Achates Philanthropy Limited, BOP Consulting, Spektrix and our awards ceremony partners, Rich Mix.