A bird's eye view of our courtyard, with three sides of audience. The standing gallery is above the seated audience, with lightbulbs draped over the balcony. The comedian looks up at the gallery.

Trusts & Foundations

Through the incredible generosity of our funders, BAC can continue to create more inclusive, sustainable, and equitable futures for individuals and communities.

Every year we raise funds from a number of Trusts and Foundations to support our wide range of activities at Battersea Arts Centre. We are immensely grateful to these Trusts and Foundations who are supporting BAC’s mission as a Home for the Extraordinary.

If you would like to find out more about how we work with Trusts and Foundations, please get in touch with Miran Hadžić, Senior Grants Manager, at miranh@bac.org.uk.


Here are four Trust and Foundation supporters of BAC and how they are working with us to make meaningful change – locally, nationally, and internationally.

Battersea United Charities is a grant-making charity with a long history of philanthropy for over 380 years serving the people of the Battersea area, funding local organisations and projects that support the community in line with the charity’s objectives.

For BAC, this involves the delivery of our Christmas Day Lunch, in which local members of the community are invited to join our festive celebrations and enjoy a Christmas lunch in our Grand Hall. Battersea United Charities’ grant enables BAC to not only provide a festive Christmas to community members who may otherwise be alone at the holidays, but also transport to and from the event, and fun activities including live music and a visiting Santa.


Cockayne is a US based foundation, which seeks to support innovative arts programmes to provide life-enriching experiences. It supports the arts in London through a donor advised fund, Cockayne Grants for the arts, currently held at The London Community Foundation. 2024 marks the 10th anniversary of The Cockayne Foundation, which they are celebrating in London with 10 special Anniversary Grants.

BAC is thrilled to be one of 10 recipients of these grants and excited to launch our Cockayne Commissions, which will support a wide range of small and major commissioned work over the next two years, continuing our legacy as a space for extraordinary artists to create bold and radical new works.


The John Coates Charitable Trust fund organisations and projects that are of personal interest to the trustees. At BAC, their contribution has enabled significant development and delivery of Next Gen, which includes our Beatbox and Dance Academy, and Young Producers programme. Next Gen annually engages upwards of 400 people aged 11-25 from Wandsworth and beyond.


The London Marathon Foundation funds a variety of organisations and projects that seek to inspire physical activity among children, young people and underserved communities. Their Active Spaces Fund aims to improve and activate spaces in London that will lead to local communities enjoying healthier, more active lifestyles.

At BAC, the London Marathon Foundation supports the delivery of our highly popular Dance Academy, which offers hip-hop & street dance sessions to young Wandsworth residents, and our Community Garden, which is tended to by local people and is a space where people can keep active and learn gardening skills.