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Funding Boost for Church-Led Community Action

We are really excited to announce that we’ll be growing our network of Recommended Projects in 2021 after being awarded a grant of £201,440 from Allchurches Trust.

Church social action has been a notable feature of the local response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Churches across the country have stepped up to provide front line support to those in need within their communities. Many have chosen to replicate one of the 39 Recommended Projects.

With support from Allchurches Trust, we aim to strengthen Christian social action so that, ultimately, more churches can help to transform their communities through gospel-centred projects that tackle poverty and equality.

The grant from Allchurches Trust will be used specifically to build on the success of the Cinnamon Project Incubator teaching and coaching programme, which helps ambitious social actions projects to develop and join the community of replicable projects.

With support from Allchurches Trust, we aim to:

  • Give churches a greater choice of projects they can replicate by increasing the number of partners in their Recommended Project network from 39 to nearly 50.
  • Improve the diversity of social franchise projects by doubling the number of projects recruited into the two-year Incubator from five to ten within three years.
  • Help projects replicate more quickly and improve their long-term sustainability by supporting leaders with access to an “IncubatorPlus” workshop programme.

The three-year project will contribute to a more diverse and more resilient Christian social action sector that is better equipped to serve the local churches that will replicate their model projects.

It will also ensure that the sector is positioned to offer a distinctly Christian response in the context of contemporary challenges and opportunities, including COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter.

Mike Royal, Co-Chief Executive of Cinnamon Network, said: “As we’ve seen over the past few months, churches have a significant role to play in our responding to our communities’ deepest challenges. We are delighted to have been awarded this significant grant from Allchurches Trust, which will help us to build on the social franchise model, that we know works so well, in order to support and resource churches for the challenges ahead.”

Chloe Ewen, Grants Officer for Allchurches Trust, said: “Cinnamon has a proven track record in growing social action networks, sharing impact and learnings from pioneering churches and enabling others to follow in their footsteps. We were delighted to fund this innovative programme of activity, which will develop and empower Christian community leaders and grow the social franchise network, putting even more churches at the heart of tackling some of the biggest issues facing society and enabling communities to rebuild stronger and feel more connected.”