The Cinnamon Incubator Programme looks for brilliant, start-up social projects that help communities meet real needs.

The very best are invited to join us on the two-year Incubator Programme. Over the course of 24 months, you’ll receive training and coaching to help your project develop the foundations it needs to grow.

In the last 10 years, we’ve helped more than 35 projects through the Incubator Programme. Many of those we’ve worked with, like Renew Wellbeing and Make Lunch, have gone on to become established charities working across the UK. Your project could be next!

 Teaching, coaching, and so much more 

Through the Incubator Programme, you’ll receive support from industry professionals to help you develop key areas of your organisation, including:

• Finance
• Human resources
• Governance
• Leadership
• Marketing and promotion

Incredible peer support

You’ll learn a phenomenal amount from the other projects journeying with you on the Incubator. At our residential events you’ll bounce ideas off each other and share the highs, and lows, that come with starting a project from scratch. You’ll become critical friends and eachothers most committed cheerleaders! 

Cinnamon Incubator Final 2022
Ladies at the Incubator Residential
Lady standing and presenting to an audience at the Cinnamon Incubator Residential

Cinnamon Incubator Competition

Gemma Gillard speaking at Incubator Final

Each year we run the Cinnamon Incubator Competition to find the next cohort of social action start-ups to join the programme. Five of very best organisations are invited to present their initiatives at the final. Here, they’ll receive support and coaching to present to a panel of invited guests, judges, and potential funders.

It’s made me feel much stronger as an organisation, much more confident in who we are and what we’re all about.

Jacky Youldon

Founder, Running Space

Start where you are, and Cinnamon is wide enough, and flexible enough and agile enough to meet you where you are at.

Seth Pinnock

CEO, Symphony Co


And if you have some spare time …

if you have spare time, why not watch last year’s Incubator Final?

It will give you an idea of what goes on, and how it works.

So fix your favourite drink, pop your slippers on, and watch.

Social Action Audit Booklet Cover


Sign up to our regular updates to download your free guide to running a Social Action Audit and learn how it can transform your work in your town, borough, city, or region.


Your have successfully subscribed.


Sign up to our regular updates to download your free guide to everything you need to know about setting up and running brilliant social action work that transforms communities.


Your have successfully subscribed.