Action 2 – Determining Your Eligibility, and Choosing an Application Track that Meets the Capacity Needs and Retail Program Standards Goals of Your Jurisdiction

 

There are three different ways jurisdictions can navigate through the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program application process, with each of the potential pathways governed by specific eligibility criteria. Below are the three “Eligibility Tracks” available to jurisdictions.

Consider choosing the Track 1 Funding (Development) pathway, with the option to apply for up to three (3) NEHA-FDA RFFM grants, if:

  • Your retail food protection program is newly enrolled in the Retail Program Standards; or
  • Your jurisdiction has some experience in the Retail Program Standards but does not have both:
    • A current Self-Assessment of all nine Standards (September 2016 or later), and
    • A Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan.

Jurisdictions that choose the Track 1 Funding (Development) pathway can apply for:

  • Required Development Base Grant, requesting up to $5,000 for:
    • Completion of a Self-Assessment of All Nine Standards(SA9), or
    • Completion of a Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan based on the completed SA9; and
  • Optional Mentorship Add-On Grant, requesting up to $14,000 to become a Mentee; and

Optional Training/Staff Development and Program Standards Engagement Add-On Grant, requesting up to $7,500 to enable one or more staff members to attend a Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshop

 


Consider choosing the Track 2 Funding (Development) pathway, with the option to apply for up to five (5) NEHA-FDA RFFM grants, if your retail food protection program meets all of the following criteria:

  • A current Self-Assessment of all nine Standards (September 2016 or later); and a
  • A Comprehensive Strategic Implementation Plan.

Jurisdictions that choose the Track 2 Funding (Development) pathway can apply for:

  • Required Development Base Grant, requesting:
    • up to $5,000 for measurable continuous improvement through the Retail Program Standards (meeting Standards and Elements, and a Repeat Self-Assessment of all nine Standards when needed, up to once in a five-year period); and
    • up to an additional $5,000 (optional) for completion of a Public Health Metric:
      • Completion of foodborne illness risk factor study or equivalent public health measure with a written summary of the data analysis, OR evaluation of inspection data with written summary of data analysis; or
      • Development and implementation of an intervention strategy that is based on a completed risk factor study or equivalent public health measure
  • Optional Mentorship Add-On Grant, requesting up to $14,000 to become a Mentee, or up to $24,000 to become a Mentor; and
  • Optional Training/Staff Development and Program Standards Engagement Add-On Grant, requesting up to $7,500 to enable one or more staff members to attend:
    • a Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshop;
    • Retail Food Courses offered by/on behalf of FDA;
    • FDA Retail Food Seminars; and/or
    • other forums that discuss or deliberate issues directly impacting the FDA Food Code of the Retail Program Standards.
  • Optional Special Projects Add-On Grant, requesting up to $20,000 towards an Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS) project. Grant awards in this category are expected to be limited, especially in Year 1, and jurisdictions should be cautious about planning to use funding from this category for their annual staffing plans.
  • Optional Capacity Building Add-On Grant, requesting up to $100,000 per year for the required three years for collaborative projects aimed at leveraging the strengths, knowledge, tools, and other resources of collaborators to further city-wide, multi-county, regional, statewide, or national conformance with the Retail Program Standards. Grant awards in this category are expected to be limited, especially in Year 1, and jurisdictions should be cautious about planning to use funding from this category for their annual staffing plans.

 


Consider choosing the Track 3 Funding (Maintenance and Advancement) pathway, with the option to apply for up to five (5) NEHA-FDA RFFM grants, if your retail food protection program meets all of the following criteria:

  • A current Self-Assessment of All 9 Standards (September 2016 or later);
  • A Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan;
  • Completion of one or more Standards (with audit passed and paperwork turned in to FDA) during your current Self-Assessment period; and
  • Has already met Standard 9 or intends to pursue one of the two Public Health Metric Variable Funding Rates offered through the Maintenance and Advancement Base Grant.

Jurisdictions that choose the Track 3 Funding (Maintenance and Advancement) pathway can apply for:

  • Required Maintenance and Advancement Base Grant, requesting:
    • Public Health Metric Variable Funding Rates (If a jurisdiction has already met Standard 9, they are ineligible for this rate. If a jurisdiction has not met Standard 9, they must choose one of the following options (Level 1 or Level 2) to apply for a Maintenance and Advancement Base Grant):
      • Level 1 Public Health Metric Variable Funding: Up to $5,000/year/applicant. Metric based on the use of inspection data as the foundation for a risk factor study with a written summary of the data analysis and implementation of an intervention strategy(s) based on the data analysis to improve public health outcomes.
      • Level 2 Public Health Metric Variable Funding: Up to $10,000/year/applicant. Metric based on the FDA Risk Factor Study model or equivalent public health measure with a written summary of the data analysis and implementation of an intervention strategy(s) based on the data analysis to improve public health outcomes.
    • Repeat Self-Assessment Rate: Up to $3,000 per grantee for completion of a five-year repeat Self-Assessment of all nine Standards. Grantee can apply for this rate once in the three-year funding cycle.
    • Continuous Improvement Rate: Up to $3,000 per Standard per year. Applicant must identify Elements that they will achieve (within each Standard chosen) by the end of the three-year project period. This rate can be applied to Standards 1 through 8.
    • Conformance Rate: Up to $10,000 per Standard per year. Applicant must identify Standard(s) that they will achieve AND audit by the end of the three-year project period. This rate can be applied to Standards 1 through 8.
    • Maintenance Rate: Up to $5,000 per Standard per year that has been verified by audit. Applicants must directly link funding requests with initiatives/projects needed to maintain conformance with a Standard or Standards.  This rate can be applied to Standards 1 through 9.
  • Optional Mentorship Add-On Grant, requesting up to $14,000 to become a Mentee, or up to $24,000 to become a Mentor; AND
  • Optional Training/Staff Development and Program Standards Engagement Add-On Grant, requesting up to $7,500 to enable one or more staff members to attend:
    • A Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshop, and/or
    • Retail Food Courses offered by/on behalf of FDA, and/or
    • FDA Retail Food Seminars, and/or
    • Other forums that discuss or deliberate issues directly impacting the FDA Food Code of the Retail Program Standards (such as NEHA AEC, AFDO AEC, NACCHO, and CFP); AND
  • Optional Special Projects Add-On Grant, requesting up to $20,000 towards an Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS) project.
  • Optional Capacity Building Add-On Grant, requesting up to $100,000 per year for the required three years for collaborative projects aimed at leveraging the strengths, knowledge, tools, and other resources of collaborators to further city-wide, multi-county, regional, statewide, or national conformance with the Retail Program Standards.

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