Action 3 – Understanding the Two Types of Base Grants and the Four Optional Add-On Grants

The NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program funding model was designed to assist the vast diversity of the nation’s 3,000+ SLTT agencies with the primary responsibility to regulate more than one million food establishments in the United States. The RFFM offers six (6) grants of varying amounts and complexities, with the goal of meeting each jurisdiction where they are, no matter how large, small, or resource-limited.

The program is broken into two distinct grant types:

1. Two (2) Base Grant options, which are required for each participating jurisdiction (each jurisdiction must pick one and only one Base Grant); and

2. Four (4) Optional Add-On Grants, with jurisdictions able to apply for any/all for which they are eligible.

Development Base Grant (1 Year Award)

  • Minimum Eligibility: Must be enrolled in the Retail Program Standards.
  • Duration: One year, with the opportunity to reapply annually.
  • Best For: Newly enrolled jurisdictions, and other jurisdictions who do not have a current SA9 or do not feel ready to complete a Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan (CSIP) on their own (see Step 5 below for details on completing a CSIP).
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Maintenance and Advancement Base Grant (3 Year Award)

  • Minimum Eligibility: Must be enrolled in the Retail Program Standards, have a current SA9 (completed in September 2016 or later; the jurisdiction must ensure they keep a current self-assessment during the life of the grant cycle to continue to receive funding), have met at least one (1) Standard (with audit passed and paperwork turned in to FDA), and (if a jurisdiction has not yet met Standard 9) must be prepared to work on one of the Public Health Metric options offered during their 3-year project performance period.
  • Duration: Must commit to a full three-year project period, with this grant type likely not available again until 2024.
  • Best For: Experienced jurisdictions ready to make or continue progress through the Standards and Elements and work on one of the Public Health Metric options offered.
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Mentorship Optional Add-On Grant (1 Year Award)

  • Eligibility: Must apply for either a Development or Maintenance and Advancement Base Grant and be enrolled in the Retail Program Standards (Mentee). Must also identify and demonstrate proficiency in the Standards for which they intend to serve as mentor to other jurisdictions and identify how many jurisdictions they are capable of mentoring – not to exceed five (Mentor).
  • Duration: One year, with the opportunity to reapply annually.
  • Best For: Newly enrolled jurisdictions, or any jurisdiction that feels they need assistance to make progress in the Retail Program Standards (Mentee); Jurisdictions with expertise in meeting one or more Standards (Mentor).
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Training/Staff Development and Program Standards Engagement Optional Add-On Grant (1 Year Award)

  • Eligibility: At a minimum, jurisdictions must apply for either a Development or Maintenance and Advancement Base Grant and be enrolled in the Retail Program Standards to apply for limited training (participation in a Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshop). Full access to the training options available through this optional add-on grant also requires jurisdictions to have a current SA9 (September 2016 or later) and a CSIP.
  • Duration: One year, with the opportunity to reapply annually.
  • Best For: Any jurisdiction that applies for either of the Base Grants.
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Special Project Optional Add-On Grant (1 Year Award)

  • Minimum Eligibility: Must apply for either a Development or Maintenance and Advancement Base Grant and be enrolled in the Retail Program Standards, have a current SA9, and have completed a CSIP.
  • Duration: One year, with the opportunity to reapply annually.
  • Best For: Experienced jurisdictions prepared to work toward building an Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS).
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Capacity-Building Optional Add-On Grant (3 Year Award)

  • Minimum Eligibility: Must apply for either a Development or Maintenance and Advancement Base Grant  and be enrolled in the Retail Program Standards, have a current SA9, and have completed a CSIP.
  • Duration: Must commit to a full three-year project period. Jurisdictions are eligible for this three-year grant even if they are applying for the 1-Year DEV Base Grant, but they will have to apply again for Development Base Grants in years 2 and 3.
  • Best 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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