Following is a Brief Description of Each of the Six (6) NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Types

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 Self-Assessment of all nine Standards (SA9) and  a Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan (CSIP).

  • Also Ideal For: Jurisdictions who 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 completed a CSIP, and are ready to begin meeting Standards, achieving Elements, and (optionally) working on a Public Health Metric (working toward Standard 9), but either have not yet met a Standard, or are not ready to make a three-year commitment to the Retail Program Standards.

  • Uses: Completion of SA9 or a CSIP (newly enrolled jurisdictions) or for making continuous improvement in the Standards (working on Standards and Elements) and pursuing one of the Public Health Metric options (completion of foodborne illness risk factor study or equivalent public health measure with a written summary of the data analysis; evaluation of inspection data with written summary of data analysis; and/or development and implementation of an intervention strategy that is based on a completed risk factor study or equivalent public health measure).

Maintenance and Advancement

Base Grant 
(3-Year Award) 

  • 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.

  • Also Ideal For: Jurisdictions who need additional resources to make a greater commitment to the Retail Program Standards.

  • Uses: Activities that lead to progress in achieving the specified Elements that lead to conformance with each of the nine Standards of the Retail Program Standards. 

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).

  • Uses: Continuous improvement in the Retail Program Standards.

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.

  • Uses: Attendance at:

    • Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshops;

    • Retail Food Courses offered by FDA or on behalf of FDA (NEHA and AFDO courses);

    • FDA Regional Food Seminars;

  • Forums that discuss or deliberate issues directly impacting the Food Code and/or the Retail Program Standards (National Conferences such as the AFDO, NACCHO, or NEHA Annual Education Conferences, Regional/State Affiliate Meetings, the Conference for Food Protection, etc.).

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).

  • Project Ideas:

    • Development of a new inspection or investigation course for retail programs

    • Development of a system to collaborate with FDA and other agencies through IT information sharing

    • Development of a new electronic risk-based inspection program that can increase efficiency and effectiveness

    • Development of best practices or piloting of innovative approaches, technology, or tools related to inter-agency data sharing, communication, and coordination during prevention, intervention, and response

  • Project Elements to Consider: When developing a Special Project proposal, please assure your project addresses as many of the following as possible:

    • Addresses an Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS) issue or problem;

    • Incorporates the most current public and environmental health and regulatory science and data available; Introduces an innovative approach (a new method, idea, protocol, tool/resource);

    • Produces outcome data and/or a product and lessons learned that can be shared with FDA and other stakeholders;

    • Reflects and promotes inter-agency communication, collaboration, coordination, accountability, transparency and sharing of information;

    • Supports the FDA mission and vision for building mutual reliance in an IFSS under Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA);

    • Focuses on prevention, intervention, or response activities; and

    • Supports national or external (outside of applicant’s jurisdiction) capacity/capability development for prevention, intervention, or response.

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 Development 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. 

  • Use of Funding: Capacity-Building Projects should advance conformance with the Retail Program Standards and include collaboration among multiple SLTT jurisdictions, and/or between an enrolled jurisdiction(s) and a retail food non-governmental partner (e.g., academia, industry, associations).

  • Project Ideas: Projects may include, but are not limited to:

    • Development of programs and/or processes that focus on advancing the delivery and accessibility of cross-training events with multiple jurisdictions to further conformance with the Standards;

    • Development of processes or approaches that facilitate the delivery of Food Code Standardizations that meet the intent of the Standard 2 criteria within multiple jurisdictions;

    • Process and forums that facilitate the engagement of multiple jurisdictions and other stakeholder groups toward a goal of adopting the most current version of the FDA Food Code;

    • Research and implementation of an agreement with one or more SLTT jurisdictions for data sharing related to inspections or laboratory analyses;

    • Collaborate with other SLTTs to develop uniform inspection procedures and protocols;

    • Collaborate with enrolled SLTT jurisdiction to conduct verification audits and reviews of conformance with a Standard(s);

    • Development and implementation of work groups, committees, or similar advisory boards to discuss and address retail food protection issues among multiple SLTT jurisdictions;

    • Create products / program innovations that can be used by others to support their work in measurable improvements with the Program Standards;

    • Development or purchase of new types of software that can assist with tracking of projects developed toward conforming with Standards that can be shared or interface with other jurisdictions; or

  • Purchase and use of innovative technologies which will facilitate continuous improvement among jurisdictions toward conformance with the Standard(s).