Choosing Your Eligibility Track- Calendar Year 2022

As you begin to explore the many opportunities offered through the NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program, one of the first decisions to make is which of the three eligibility tracks is best for your jurisdiction. This document is designed to help you determine which track will help you meet the specific needs and goals of your jurisdiction, considering your past achievements in the Retail Program Standards and your current level of expertise. It will also help you to be aware of steps you may be able to take now to become eligible for another track that offers more funding and expanded optional add-on grant opportunities.

TRACK 1 IS BEST FOR…

  • Jurisdictions newly enrolled in the Retail Program Standards that have not yet completed a Self-Assessment of All Nine Standards (SA9).
  • Jurisdictions that have made past progress in the Retail Program Standards, do not have a current SA9 (completed in September 2016 or later), and do not feel that they are able to complete an updated SA9 on their own before November 15, 2021 (the due date for all grant applications). 

Jurisdictions in either of these situations should consider applying for:

  1. A one-year Development Base Grant, offering up to $5,000 for completion of an SA9.
  2. A one-year Mentorship Optional Add-On Grant, offering up to $14,000 to become a mentee, which will allow you to complete your SA9 with assistance from a mentor with SA9 expertise.
  3. A one-year Training/ Staff Development and Program Standards Engagement Optional Add-On Grant, offering up to $7,500 to enable one or more of your staff members to attend a live training offering of the Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshop. (For details, see the 2022 Retail Training Options link in the Program Resources section of the neha.org/retailgrants website)
  • Jurisdictions that have made past progress in the Retail Program Standards, have a current SA9 (completed in September 2016 or later), but even after reviewing the step-by-step guidance on completing a Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan (CSIP) (https://www.neha.org/retailgrants/action-4), still do not feel comfortable completing a CSIP on their own before November 15, 2021 (the due date for all grant applications).

 These jurisdictions should consider applying for:

  1. A one-year Development Base Grant, offering up to $5,000 for completion of a CSIP.
  2. A one-year Mentorship Optional Add-On Grant, offering up to $14,000 to become a mentee, which will allow you to complete your CSIP with assistance from a mentor with CSIP expertise.
  3. A one-year Training/Staff Development and Program Standards Engagement Optional Add-On Grant, offering up to $7,500 to enable one or more of your staff members to attend a live training offering of the Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshop, which will explain in detail the Verification Audit process, and prepare you for future grants and progress in the Standards.

 

Note: If you have a current SA9 and complete your CSIP before the application window closes on November 15 (see https://www.neha.org/retailgrants/action-4 for a step-by-step guide), you are eligible for Track 2 and possibly Track 3, both of which offer significantly higher funding and additional optional add-on grant options.

TRACK 2 IS BEST FOR…

  • Jurisdictions that have a current SA9 (completed in September 2016 or later), have completed a CSIP, but have not yet met at least one Standard.
  • Jurisdictions that have a current SA9 (completed in September 2016 or later), have completed a CSIP, have met at least one Standard, but will not be able to confirm that they still meet at least one Standard within six months of the completion date of their most recent SA9.

Jurisdictions in either of these situations should consider applying for:

  1. A one-year Development Base Grant for Continuous Improvement in the Standards and Elements (required) offering up to $5,000; and with the option of adding a Public Health Metric for an additional $5,000. (For details on completing a Public Health Metric through a Development Base Grant, please see the Public Health Metric Guidance in the Program Resources section of the neha.org/retailgrants website.)
  2. A one-year Mentorship Optional Add-On Grant, offering up to $14,000/year as a mentee and assistance with your Continuous Improvement and Public Health Metric outcomes; or up to $24,000/year as a mentor, allowing you to offer your expertise in specific areas of the Retail Program Standards, assisting other jurisdictions in making progress.
  3. A one-year Training / Staff Development and Program Standards Engagement Optional Add-On Grant, offering up to $7,500/year to allow your staff members to attend a wide variety of retail-focused trainings, seminars, and workshops. (For details, see the 2022 Retail Training Options link in the Program Resources section of the neha.org/retailgrants website
  4. A one-year Special Projects Optional Add-On Grant, offering up to $20,000/year to develop a project that uses a Retail Program Standards framework that works toward an Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS), with all project deliverables and resources made available to other retail food protection programs. (For full details, see the Grant Program Guidance on the neha.org/retailgrants website.)
  5. A three-year Capacity Building Optional Add-On Grant, offering up to $100,000/year to develop a three-year project or initiative that advances SLTT retail food protection programs by working with stakeholders involved in retail food safety (collaboration required) and that leverages 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. Alternatively, a Capacity Building Grant can be utilized to fund a Retail Program Standards Coordinator position. Those who apply to utilize funding for a Retail Program Standards Coordinator position are not required to collaborate with other jurisdictions, but it is highly encouraged. (For full details, see the Grant Program Guidance on the neha.org/retailgrants website.)

 

Note:  Track 2 Development Base Grant applicants are allowed to apply for a three-year Capacity Building Grant; awardees will simply have to apply for a Development Base Grant in each of the next two granting years.  Additionally, please be aware that the three-year Capacity Building Optional Add-On Grant is only being offered for the current grant cycle (CY 2022 funding) and will not be offered again for 2023 or 2024.

TRACK 3 IS BEST FOR…

  • Jurisdictions that have a current SA9 (completed in September 2016 or later), have completed a CSIP, and have met at least one Standard during their current SA9 period; or
  • Jurisdictions that have a current SA9 (completed in September 2016 or later), have completed a CSIP, and will be able to confirm that they meet at least one Standard within six months of the completion date of their most recent SA9;

and

  • Are planning to make significant progress in the Retail Program Standards through a three-year Maintenance and Advancement Base Grant, which is only being offered during the current grant cycle (CY 2022 funding) and will not be offered again for 2023 or 2024.

These jurisdictions should consider applying for:

  1. A three-year Maintenance and Advancement Base Grant offering up to $10,000/year for three years to pursue a Public Health Metric; and significant additional funding to pursue additional outcomes for Completion of an Updated SA9, and Continuous Improvement, Conformance, and Maintenance of Standards and Elements. (For details on completing a Public Health Metric through a Maintenance and Advancement Base Grant, please see the Public Health Metric Guidance in the Program Resources section of the neha.org/retailgrants website.)
  2. A one-year Mentorship Optional Add-On Grant, offering up to $14,000/year as a mentee and assistance with your Public Health Metric and other supported outcomes; or up to $24,000/year as a mentor, allowing you to offer your expertise in specific areas of the Retail Program Standards, assisting other jurisdictions in making progress.
  3. A one-year Training/Staff Development and Program Standards Engagement Optional Add-On Grant, offering up to $7,500/year to allow your staff members to attend a wide variety of retail-focused trainings, seminars, and workshops. (For details, see the 2022 Retail Training Options link in the Program Resources section of the neha.org/retailgrants website.)
  4. A one-year Special Projects Optional Add-On Grant, offering up to $20,000/year to develop a project that uses a Retail Program Standards framework that works toward an Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS), with all project deliverables and resources made available to other retail food protection programs. (For full details, see the Grant Program Guidance on the neha.org/retailgrants website.)
  5. A three-year Capacity Building Optional Add-On Grant, offering up to $100,000/year to develop a three-year project or initiative that advances SLTT retail food protection programs by working with stakeholders involved in retail food safety (collaboration required) and that leverages 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. Alternatively, a Capacity Building Grant can be utilized to fund a Retail Program Standards Coordinator position. Those who apply to utilize funding for a Retail Program Standards Coordinator position are not required to collaborate with other jurisdictions, but it is highly encouraged. (For full details, see the Grant Program Guidance on the neha.org/retailgrants website.)

 

Note:  Track 3 Maintenance and Advancement Development Base Grant awardees and Capacity Building Grant awardees will not have to reapply for these grants annually. But they will have to reapply for any one-year grants awarded (Mentorship, Training, Special Projects) during each annual grant cycle.