Partner with Us

The Bell Foundation works in partnership. Our programme partners include schools, charities, other funders, social enterprises and universities. Partnerships are typically co-developed with Bell Foundation Programme Officers with support offered during the planning stages with advice, guidance and where appropriate the provision of a grant. Our partners also receive the support of our evaluator, Cloud Chamber Limited, to evaluate projects.

We expect that our partners will:

  • Deliver work which contributes to achieving one or more of our programme objectives
  • Carry out work which is for charitable purposes
  • If appropriate or necessary be provided with a grant
  • Have the opportunity for a long term partnership
  • Commit to using our simple evaluation framework
  • Be keen to share learnings with others
  • Work in the UK (although we can trial work from elsewhere).

EAL Programme

Work with us on Language for Results

Become a Bell Foundation Centre of Expertise

The Foundation is developing strategic partnerships with Teaching School Alliances and Multi Academy Trusts to become part of a growing network of Centres of Expertise across England. Centres will have the opportunity to:

  • Embed sustainable support for schools and EAL learners in their region
  • Develop the skills and EAL expertise of their staff
  • Enhance their existing offer with the Foundation's Language for Results training intervention

Organisations that demonstrate the commitment and capacity to collaborate with the Foundation as a Centre of Expertise will be considered as potential partners.

Please see the call for partnerships, with more details on the opportunity, process and timeline, the partnership criteria and more information about the Language for Results intervention below:

The Foundation is open to hearing from new partners on an ongoing basis. To find out more about this opportunity, and to arrange a telephone conversation with a member of the EAL Programme Team, please email with the subject: New Centre of Expertise.  The second stage of the process is to submit an expression of interest, including the partnership criteria form (above) and covering letter.

Work with us on our wider EAL Programme

We are keen to hear from potential partners who are able to contribute to our Thought Leadership objective. If your organisation has an innovative research partnership idea which may help inform future EAL policy and practice, please contact us on with a brief proposal summary of no more than two pages. Proposals can be considered at any time of the year.

The proposal should include the following information:

  • Organisation name and charity/company number (if applicable)
  • Contact details
  • Why your proposed work is needed
  • What your proposed work seeks to do, and how
  • How you will know if your work has been successful
  • A draft timeline of the work you are proposing
  • An indicative budget of your proposed work, highlighting how much your organisation or another partner will contribute and any resource requested from The Bell Foundation

A member of staff will contact you within four weeks to let you know whether your proposal is one of strategic interest to us. If we think it might be, you will be asked to complete a Project Planner form to give us more information. The final decision on whether to support a proposal lies with our Trustees. The Trustees meet four times a year so it can take up to three months to give a final decision.

Criminal Justice Programme

Supporting Victims of Crime

The Foundation’s work in this area has the following objectives:

  • Develop and promote best practice in care and support to victims of trafficking/slavery
  • Support staff in voluntary and statutory agencies to uphold the rights of and improve support to victims of crime with English as an additional language
  • Promote linguistically and culturally informed approaches to support victims and enable equality of access

The Foundation is always interested to hear from organisations who would like to improve the support provided to victims of crime who have English as an additional language If you are interested in developing a partnership with The Bell Foundation which would fulfil one or more of the above objectives, please contact