- December 8, 2016
Four (4) Awards will be made every other year, as of 2015. Each Laureate will receive:
The frequency of the Awards, the number of Awards and the monetary value of the Awards may be modified by the Foundation in future years.
The Awards are made in four areas (as of 2015): Arts & Letters, Science & Technology, Public & Civic Contributions and Entrepreneurship. Up to 2010, they were made biennially, but in 2011 the Caribbean Awards for Excellence became an annual event. Since 2006, when the first laureates were named, several sets of laureates have been presented with prizes: in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and annually thereafter in ceremonies in Port of Spain Trinidad till 2015, when the awards resumed a biennial cycle. That is, the next set of laureates will be named in 2017.
The goal of the ANSA Caribbean Awards for Excellence is to recognize significant Caribbean achievement, to encourage and to support the pursuit of excellence by Caribbean persons, for the benefit of the region. The ANSA McAL Foundation is convinced that talent needs to be sought out, brought to light and encouraged. It is in this context that these Awards were conceived.
This is the first such recognition programme of its kind. It is privately funded, free of political and other influence, and offers tangible, significant benefit to the Laureates. It is the most noteworthy philanthropic initiative by a Caribbean organization in recent times.