Cinnamon launches Incubator Competition to find church-led, locally-focused solutions to our communities’ greatest challenges

On 17 April, Cinnamon Network launched their 2023 Incubator Competition. Social action initiatives that are responding to current challenges, supported by local churches, and want to expand their work across the country are invited to apply.

On offer is a £25,000 development grant and up to five places on the Cinnamon Incubator – a two- year programme where projects receive teaching and coaching from industry professionals.

Amidst social and economic challenges on a scale we’ve never seen before, local projects all over the country are tackling the issues at the heart of our communities. Through the competition, Cinnamon wants to find these initiatives and help develop their work for the benefit of communities across the UK.

Five selected projects will be awarded a place on the Cinnamon Project Incubator. Described as an ‘MBA for church-led social action’, the Incubator programme runs over two years. During this time, participants receive training and coaching from industry professionals in areas as diverse as fundraising, governance and marketing. Alongside this, they’ll also benefit from networking opportunities to help them develop the capacity and capability to replicate across the UK.

Funke Oham Cinnamon Incubator Finalist

The value of support provided on the Cinnamon Project Incubator is estimated to be worth more than £20,000. Since entry is on a strictly invitational basis – this is a prize money can’t buy.

The five finalists will also get the opportunity to pitch their initiatives to a group of hand-selected philanthropists and potential donors at the Cinnamon Incubator Final in November.

Cinnamon has been running the Incubator Programme for the last ten years. During that time, more than 40 initiatives, including Renew Wellbeing, Make Lunch, and Radiant Cleaners, have received support from Cinnamon to grow their work across the country.

Tess Wilkins from Food Savers Network, a current Cinnamon Incubator participant, said: 

If you’re considering applying just do it! [The Incubator Programme] has enabled us to frame exactly what we’re doing and focus on the important things. This time last year we had eight pantries across Bradford, we now have 16. The Incubator Programme has been a major influence on us replicating what we’re doing.

Amanda Bindon, Chief Executive of Cinnamon Network said: 

For the past ten years we’ve had the privilege of helping some truly remarkable projects go from being single-location operations to become national charities. As our country faces multiple challenges, our desire is to nurture more initiatives to help address issues at the very heart of our communities.

Cinnamon is grateful to their partners including: Benefact Trust, Bishop Radford Trust, Mercers’ Company, Vardy Foundation, The Trusted Executive Charitable Foundation, in addition to many generous individuals and anonymous donors who continue to support the competition.

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