Urban Alliance

Program Development Opportunities

Churches and organizations in the UA network can develop stronger programs with UA support through program development opportunities.

2019 Program Development Opportunities Catalog

Featured Program Development Opportunities

Community Garden Training, Toolkit and Consultation: A community garden is a piece of land shared by a group of people where fruits and vegetables are grown. Community gardens provide the ideal context for people to gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed to grow and prepare their own fruits and vegetables, which are foundational to a healthy diet. Community gardens also offer the added health benefits of physical activity and exposure to nature. UA provides training, toolkits and consultation to programs that are positioned to use community gardening to help people they serve learn how to grow and use fresh produce to support their long-term health and wellness. Program leaders will receive more information about this training if they attend Revitalize learning community meetings or they have contacted UA staff to express interest in integrating health and wellness practices into their programming. 

Click here to contact a UA staff to express interest in this program development opportunity.

Offering Classes and Support Groups Grant: UA provides grant funding and consultation for programs to offer more in-depth learning and ongoing support opportunities that help people apply knowledge and skills needed to sustain positive life changes.

A class is a group of people interested in learning about an identified topic. A support group is a group of people with a common experience or struggle that meets regularly to provide each other with encouragement, comfort and advice. A class or support group is offered through four or more sessions and generally the same people participate in each session.

It is important for programs to select class topics that help the people they serve achieve the outcomes associated with their programing. For example, a food pantry may offer a healthy cooking class because the ability to purchase and prepare food on a tight budget helps increase food security and nutrition. Or, a youth ministry may offer a life skills class because a number of the high-school youth they serve are struggling with basic life skills such as goal setting, budgeting or time management and lacking these skills will make it difficult for them to transition to adulthood.

Click here to download the grant application and learn more.