Patron Of Heritage Awards 2020


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The pandemic has changed the way we live and interact with each other. For many, this has spurred a deeper search for who we are as individuals, a community and a country.

The generous contributions of cultural philanthropists and patrons of the heritage sector spanning the period January to December 2020 have helped ensure that important heritage and cultural work — the glue which binds us together — continues to flourish in these unprecedented times.

The artworks, family heirlooms and monetary gifts donated, alongside the unstinting sharing of expertise, have guaranteed the smooth continuity of our heritage programmes and the forging of meaningful, long-lasting connections among our communities. These help buttress our collective sense of rootedness.

To mark the awards, NHB will be launching a commemorative video acknowledging, celebrating and honouring donors, as well as the symbiotic relationship between philanthropy and the culture and heritage sector. The video will also trace the intriguing journeys and viewpoints of donors and beneficiaries. In addition, it will spotlight the impact of the various contributions.

The National Heritage Board thanks all patrons for their continued support.

Scope of the Awards

Various contributions can be considered for the Patron of Heritage Awards. They include donations in cash, in-kind, artworks, artefacts, and archival materials. The awards also cover the promotion and conservation of aspects of heritage relating to our architecture, community, society and culture.

Recipients of such donations could be private or non-profit institutions, which may include:

  • Museums, galleries and heritage centres
  • Educational institutions
  • Volunteer groups, societies, IPCs
  • Private museums and galleries
  • Companies and organisations involved in cultural activities


To be eligible for the Patron of Heritage Awards, organisations or individuals must have fulfilled either of the following during the qualifying period (typically the calendar year):

  • Contributed artefacts, artworks or archival materials to the collection of any museum or heritage institution in Singapore
  • Contributed to the building and development of museums and heritage institutions in Singapore
  • Played a pivotal role in creating memorable heritage events for the community at large
  • Contributed to publications and scholarships related to heritage

Qualifying Criteria

In the year 2013 NHB introduced a new 'Supporter' category, which gives recognition to gifts valued between S$10,000 and S$49,999. This allows more individuals and corporations to be acknowledged for their support.

The Awards Criteria are given based on the following categories.

Donations in cash, kind or material:

  • Distinguished Patron: S$2 million and above
  • Patron: From S$1 million to S$1,999,999
  • Partner : From S$150,000 to S$999,999
  • Friend: From S$50,000 to S$149,999
  • Supporter: From S$10,000 to S$49,999 

Award Categories

Recognises contributions between $150,000 - $999,999

Recognises contributions between $50,000 - $149,999

Recognises contributions between $10,000 - $49,999