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:
Action 1 – Enrollment in the Retail Program Standards
If you have not yet enrolled in the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (VNRFRPS), enrollment is your first action to take. Enrollment in the VNRFRPS is required to apply for funding through the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program. (Jurisdictions already enrolled in the VNRFRPS can skip to Action 2.)
The following is a step-by-step process for enrollment in the VNRFRPS, which conveys an eligible jurisdiction’s intent to actively use the VNRFRPS as a tool to assess and improve its retail food protection program.
A jurisdiction initiates the enrollment process by:
Step 1: Review the FDA VNRFRPS guidance online, including the Administrative Procedures.
Step 2: Contact the FDA Regional Retail Food Safety Specialist assigned to your FDA Region, and notify them of your intent to enroll.
Step 3: Complete FDA National Registry Report (FDA Form 3958) (PDF – 1.22MB) and submit to your Retail Food Specialist. NOTE: When filling out the FDA form, be sure to select “Please enroll this jurisdiction in the VNRFRPS” in Section 2.
§ Once you have contacted your FDA Regional Retail Food Safety Specialist and completed and submitted FDA Form 3958, you are considered “enrolled” for the purposes of the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program and can apply for funding.
§ Your jurisdiction will eventually be added to the web-based Listing of Jurisdictions Enrolled in the VNRFRPS (https://www.fda.gov/food/voluntary-national-retail-food-regulatory-program-standards/listing-jurisdictions-enrolled-voluntary-national-retail-food-regulatory-program-standards), but your jurisdiction name does not need to show on this list to confirm your enrollment.