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.”