NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are pleased to announce the new Retail Flexible Funding Model (RFFM) Grant Program, opening for the first time in fall 2021. The program will provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) retail food regulatory agencies as they advance conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (VNRFRPS) or Retail Program Standards. FDA will utilize NEHA’s strengths to assist SLTT retail food programs in their efforts to reduce the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors and implement and attain conformance with the Retail Program Standards.

What Is New and Improved?

Jurisdictions that apply for funding through the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program can expect enhanced technical assistance. Applicants can expect simple applications and reporting, clear grant guidance, and a responsive technical assistance team standing by to assist applicants and grantees via phone or email.

New enhancements to the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program include:

  • A new level of simplicity, with elements of all three of the past retail funding programs—modest grants, large multiyear awards, and mentorship funding—all administered by NEHA and through one application portal.
  • The addition of a NEHA Retail Subject Matter Expert (SME) Team that possesses decades of retail experience at the local, state, and federal levels. Our team is ready to advise and assist you as you work to conform to the Retail Program Standards. This support will be available to you through the entire life cycle of the grant process.
  • Significantly larger and multiyear funding for jurisdictions with ambitious goals to advance your conformance with the retail program standards.
  • Add-on Special Project and Capacity Building Grants of up to $100,000 per year, designed to support SLTT- or collaboration-led projects that will support and advance conformance with the Retail Program Standards regionally or nationally.

A slide showing three circles on the left: Reduce the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors, Move towards full conformance with the Retail Standards, and Fully leverage SLTT's. An arrow leaving these circles, labeled "FDA funding through an association", leads to words "Awards to SLTT's" A Graphic showing that Base Funding Includes funding for Development and Maintenance & Advancement, while Optional Add Ons are Mentorship, Training/Staff Development, Capacity Building, and Special Projects


Actions You Can Be Taking Now, to Prepare for the Opening of the NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Portal

Following are several actions your jurisdiction can be making now, as you prepare for the opening of the AFDO-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program in September 2021:

Frequently Asked Questions

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What Is Next?

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