Cinnamon UK


The Cinnamon Incubator Competition is an annual search to find ambitious church-led social action initiatives that want to replicate their work through churches across the country.

We’re looking for church-led projects supporting adults with employment, education and training.

Please note: if your project does not fit into the category of employment and training we would still like to hear from you. If that is the case you can send us your details HERE.

What’s the prize?
Five finalists have the chance of securing a place on the coveted Cinnamon Incubator programme. Over the course of the two years, they’ll receive training and coaching to help them put in place strong foundations, make key connections and develop the capacity to grow. A place on the Cinnamon Incubator Programme is worth more than £21,000. Just five places are available each year on a strictly invitational basis, so this really is a prize money can’t buy. What’s more – the two winners will also receive a £25,000 development grant and all Cinnamon Incubator finalists have a chance to pitch their initiatives to a group of hand-selected philanthropists and potential donors at the Cinnamon Incubator Competition Final.
Who can Enter?
The number of unemployed adults has risen sharply over the past year.

So, this year, we’re inviting church-led projects that are already supporting adults with employment, education and training to apply.

We’re looking for church-led initiative that are:

  • helping individuals retrain
  • building confidence and skills
  • providing connections to work
  • creating employment opportunities
  • developing apprenticeships
  • reaching those not in education, employment or training

Of course, we know the church is incredibly creative, so this list is by no means exhaustive.

Project Lab Winners 2018

Perhaps you’re encouraging local employers to consider candidates who may otherwise not get an interview; maybe you’re helping ex-offenders gain employability skills; or you’re mentoring young adults who struggle to engage in employment, education and training.

We want to identify five innovative projects that have already demonstrated their success and are ready to amplify what they’re doing through other churches.  

How Can I Apply?

Projects must submit a written application form and a 60-second video. Following this, five projects will be selected to go through to the Cinnamon Incubator Competition Final, where they will pitch their project against others.

Initiatives wishing to apply should have a good track record and be:

  • simple and replicable
  • church-sized
  • bold and want to grow
  • well-led

        The deadline date is 5pm on Friday 25th June 2021

Time remaining to apply:



What support will I receive?

The five finalists will take part in a one-day presentation masterclass ahead of the final. They’ll receive professional coaching to help them develop and deliver their pitch to a panel of industry experts, philanthropists and potential donors at the Cinnamon Incubator Competition Final.

What is the Cinnamon Incubator Competition Final?

The Cinnamon Incubator Competition Final on 7 October 2021 is a chance to shine a spotlight on the great work being done by church-led initiatives across the UK. While judges will award two projects with a development grant, guests are invited to make a donation on the night to support the other finalists through the Cinnamon Incubator Programme. In 2020, more than £61,500 was pledged by guests at the event.

What is the Cinnamon Incubator Programme?

The Cinnamon Incubator Programme is a two-year programme designed specifically to help church-based social action projects replicate their work. We bring in specialists in finance and governance, marketing, communications, fundraising and team building to work alongside projects and help them put in place the foundations they need to see their work grow.



Cinnamon Incubation in Action

You can watch testimonial films of project leaders of past and present Incubator programmes HERE

Renew Wellbeing helps churches open café-style spaces to improve mental health and emotional wellbeing. When the initiative won Cinnamon Project Lab in 2016, they were working in just two communities. With guidance from the Cinnamon Project Incubator, they have developed the right infrastructure to manage their growth and are now operating in more than 40 locations across the UK.

Emerge enables trained, Christian volunteers to support young people attending Accident and Emergency departments as a result of self-harm or attempted suicide. Since winning the Cinnamon Incubator Competition in 2019, Emerge received support to adapt their provision and redouble their efforts and reach young people in distress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Applying for The Cinnamon Incubator gave us the push to commit to taking the idea forward. In the process five directors came on board and we became a CIC"
Shola Oladipo
Healthy Church Initiative, Winner of Project Lab 2018.