NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Retail Flexible Funding Model (RFFM)?

The NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program is the new method to apply for and receive Retail Program Standards grant funding. The program will be entirely administered by NEHA. There will be multiple subaward pathways for which jurisdictions may request funding, each with their own requirements. Optional grant add-ons will be available for mentorship, training, capacity building, and special projects. Complete details will be posted on this webpage in the coming weeks. Sign up for email updates to have information delivered straight to your inbox.

My jurisdiction has received Retail Program Standards grant funding in the past. What is changing?

FDA recently awarded NEHA with a 3-year cooperative agreement that will administer financial assistance to SLTT retail regulatory food programs based on the FDA's retail flexible funding model. Beginning in fall 2021, NEHA will administer all new subaward applications for retail grants. 

My jurisdiction still has an active Retail Program Standards grant. What do I need to complete to receive our funding? 

Any previous grant awards are subject to the original terms and conditions of the granting organization. You should continue to work with the original granting organization to close out any current awards. NEHA will open a portal for applications for this new program in fall 2021.Please reach out to us if you have further questions at

How many awards will be available? How much funding can I apply for?

Details on the numbers, types, and funding amounts will be posted in the coming weeks on this webpage as well as through email and social media channels.

Will the application process be easy?

Our team is dedicated to keeping the burdens of application submission, grant management, and financial reporting as low as possible. Our online, web-based platform is designed for users of any skill level. Additionally, we will have a dedicated phone number and email address to reach a live team of experienced grant managers who are eager to provide unparalleled support. Please remember you have access to our retail expert team to support you through the life cycle of the grant.

Will I need a new login to access the application portal? 

Yes. As the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program is an entirely new Retail Program Standards funding program, applicants will need to create a new account to apply.

What are the biggest changes from how these opportunities were previously administered and how the new NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program will be administered?

In the past, FDA provided pass-through funding through several different partners. With the new NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program, applicants need only to visit to apply for funding. Beginning this fall, NEHA will provide the oversight and management for all new Retail Program Standards grants. 

When will the portal to apply for these grants be open?

Details on the application window will be provided on this webpage in the coming weeks. 

Have Questions? We’re Here to Support!

For more information, contact:

NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program Support Team


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