The monetary value of art has never been greater, but as our nation experiences austerity, art is under fire – the Achates Philanthropy Prize seeks to redress the balance by sharing and celebrating stories of dynamic first-time supporters of culture of all scales, as well as the organisations building new resilient models with audiences at their heart.

The Achates Philanthropy Prize is the national campaign to promote support for the arts. 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.

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

Through sharing these remarkable stories we raise awareness that arts organisations are charities that can no longer simply rely on state assistance. They play an essential role in society and deserve our support.