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).

Criminal Justice Programme

Call for a Research Partner

The Foundation has launched a call for Expressions of Interest into delivering a three year research project on the needs of individuals with English as an additional language who have contact with the criminal justice system, either as victims or offenders.

Please see the documents below for the research brief and additional information on the process and timeline.

Expression of Interest Research Brief
Expression of Interest Key Information

The deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest is Friday 6 July 2018, 5pm.

Interested teams should contact Letty Thomas, Programme Officer on

EAL Programme

Work with us on our Language for Results programme

We have been delivering and evaluating the Language for Results programme with a small number of school partners in areas of high need. We are beginning to scale the programme so it can be delivered regionally by accredited Centres of Expertise.

We are developing the initial scaling partnerships based in areas with high numbers of EAL learners, high levels of deprivation and where there is limited access to EAL support. We will be looking for future partners to become accredited Centres of Expertise with the capacity to support other schools in key regions. Please email if you would like to explore this with us.

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.