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The Criminal Justice Programme builds partnerships with organisations that support anyone in contact with the criminal justice system who speaks English as a second or additional language (ESL).
People in contact with the criminal justice system who speak English as a second or additional language (ESL) often experience worse outcomes (please see below) and a greater deterioration in their wellbeing when compared to peers who speak English as a first language.
The new grant partnerships awarded under this funding round will aim to build the capacity of the criminal justice sector to improve accessibility and support language diversity. Partnerships will do this by delivering projects or services that reduce language barriers to improve outcomes or wellbeing for anyone in contact with the criminal justice system in England and Wales who speaks ESL.
Grants may be awarded for projects and services that are designed and delivered specifically to support people in contact with the criminal justice system who speak ESL, such as a project or service delivered in a language other than English, or targeted at a particular community or group who speak ESL.
Grants may be awarded to improve the accessibility of existing projects and services that can demonstrate success in improving outcomes or wellbeing for service users who speak English as a first language. For example, this could include the use of language support, upskilling and empowering staff, and/or improving the accessibility of written materials.
Where services are already accessible to speakers of ESL, the Foundation will consider funding the organisation where there is clear potential for added value. For example, funding could be provided to expand or develop the organisation to increase reach, to develop tangible outputs that could benefit others, or to contribute learning or evidence. The Foundation will not fund work that is already achieving these aims via other funding.
All funded organisations will be supported by an independent evaluator to introduce a number of impact measurements to the project or service, and will be required to collect the relevant data (with support from The Bell Foundation and/or an independent evaluator). The Foundation anticipates that these will aim to measure and understand:
For services with beneficiaries who may speak ESL or English as a first language:
For services specifically for beneficiaries who speak ESL:
This evidence will be collected both to strengthen the funded organisation’s own evidence base, and to add to The Bell Foundation’s evidence base on which the Criminal Justice Programme’s work is based.
‘Outcomes’ can be defined as any positive change as a consequence of engagement with the project or service, such as in rehabilitation or resettlement, education or employment, personal or relational.
Wellbeing can refer to improved physical or mental health, reduced stress or anxiety, positive personal development, or another change or improvement to an individual’s life.
Funded projects or services could include anything that seeks to reduce or overcome language barriers, for example by:
This list is not exhaustive and any project or service that align with the aims above will be considered.
Both established projects and services and new projects and services will be considered for funding. Established projects will be expected to demonstrate how their work can overcome the language or cultural barriers demonstrated in the evidence base. Pilot projects will be expected to demonstrate a hypothesis that is grounded in the evidence base.
Proposals will be considered for projects of up to 2-3 years, with funding usually considered and approved on an annual basis. Funding for shorter periods will also be considered, such as to fund a short evaluation of an established project.
The Bell Foundation encourages partners to consider the potential longevity and sustainability of any funded work. From an early stage the Foundation will engage partners in discussions about the long-term plans for the funded work, how it will be funded beyond the length of the Foundation’s grant, or how the work will be embedded into an organisation’s core service offer to ensure the continuity of the service in the long term.
The Bell Foundation is a collaborative partner. As well as funding the Foundation also offers:
All Expressions of Interest will be considered in the first instance and scored based on their relevance and strategic alignment with the Criminal Justice Programme Strategy, the potential reach, contribution to learning/evidence, and sustainability of the project, and the diversity of the organisation’s leadership.
Applicants may then be invited to submit a more detailed project proposal. Project proposals are appraised according to further criteria and those that score highly will be given feedback, and further developed in partnership with the Criminal Justice Policy and Programme Manager. Fully developed and costed proposals are then appraised by the Board of Trustees.
Whilst applications can be submitted at any time, there are two advised deadlines for Expressions of Interest to ensure that proposals can be considered in a timely manner by The Bell Foundation:
If you would like to discuss a potential partnership before submitting an Expression of Interest, please email The Bell Foundation’s Criminal Justice Policy and Programme Manager Emily Giles (Emily.Giles@bell-foundation.org.uk). Please include a short (1-2 lines) description of the proposed project or service.
Additional partnership information is available on the Partner with Us page.