West Berkshire Micro-Grant
Expression of Interest


Cinnamon invites churches in West Berkshire to participate in an exciting partnership with West Berkshire Council, in which great social action projects are established to tackle needs in the community. 

The new initiative will support the council’s Turnaround Families Programme which provides early intervention and assistance for families experiencing issues.  Over the last four years, Turnaround Families has helped over 1,000 families to work around their problems and to strengthen as a family unit.  

However, more can be achieved through partnership working!  By setting up Recommended Projects, local churches will complement the Turnaround Families Programme and make a lasting difference in the lives of the vulnerable and marginalised. 

Participating churches will receive: 

  • A £2,000 Micro-Grant to start a Recommended Project 
  • Expert advice from a Cinnamon Advisor 
  • Access to Cinnamon Connect providing support and an online learning community.  You can access it HERE
  • Training for project leaders and volunteers through Cinnamon’s bespoke training programme.  
  • The opportunity to work more closely with council services and other community stakeholders. 

Frequently asked questions  

Who we fund 

A local church, or group of churches working in partnership.  A church should be a registered charity with up-to-date accounts. 

What  are Cinnamon Micro-Grants for? 

Micro-grants are to help churches with the cost of setting up a Recommended Project. 

What we give 

A Cinnamon Micro-grant is a single payment of £2,000 made directly to the applicant church. Cinnamon Micro-grants have to be match funded to the same value. Match funding can include the value of: cash, gifts in kind, premises, professional pro-bono services, asset items and salaries. 

Where must I be based? 

In West Berkshire 

What will be expected from my church? 

Aside from our standard terms and conditions, which are set out in the Cinnamon Micro-grant application form, Cinnamon has the following expectations on participating churches. 

  • Partnership working: to work closely with the Cinnamon Advisor throughout the partnership and to engage with representatives from West Berkshire Council as required. 
  • Cinnamon Leadership Training: to send project leaders and volunteers on a Cinnamon Leadership Training course. 
  • Cinnamon will publicise details of successful applicants and their projects. 
  • To complete necessary monitoring reports throughout the first 12-months of operation. 

Before you apply, please: 

Discuss your idea with the Cinnamon Advisor for West Berkshire Mat Eason: mattheweason@cinnamonnetwork.co.uk

Sign up with the  Recommended Project  you wish to start. 

If you meet the criteria, please enter your name and email on this page and you will be sent the application form and other Cinnamon Network news. Please note all Cinnamon Micro-grants are subject to availability and eligibility, as listed above. 

Please also note: 
Our normal turnaround time to process Micro-grant applications is 6 weeks, although sometimes it can take longer. 

If you have any queries, you may contact the team  HERE. 

(We strongly recommend you speak to a Cinnamon ADVISOR first.)