NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Guidance

Full Grant Guidance

View and download detailed application and grant guidance for the CY 2023 project year:

2023 NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Guidance

View and download the CY 2022 Grant Guidance here, which is applicable to any open CY 2022 Awards:

2022 NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Guidance

Highlights of the Grant Program for CY 2023

The NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model (RFFM) Grant Program is designed to support state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) retail food regulatory agencies working to achieve conformance with the Retail Program Standards. The NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program offers customizable approaches which enable retail food jurisdictions to design a program that best suits their capacity and ambitions as they work to achieve conformance with the Retail Program Standards.

Application Period

Applications will be available in the Grant Portal beginning Wednesday, August 17, 2022. All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at 7:59 pm EST.

What to Expect

Applicants to the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program can expect:

  • Enhanced technical assistance and retail subject matter guidance throughout the grant cycle, in partnership with FDA;
  • A NEHA-FDA RFFM Mentorship Program in collaboration with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO); and
  • Dedicated educational programs to address advancement and conformance with the Retail Program Standards in partnership with the Conference for Food Protection (CFP).

The main features of the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program include:

  • Base Grant: The first requirement of the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program is to maintain an active Base Grant. Each Base Grant track is designed to assist jurisdictions at different levels, to achieve progress with the Retail Program Standards. Base Grants are offered through three different funding tracks:
    • Track 1 is for SLTT jurisdictions who are new enrollees in the Retail Program Standards, or for jurisdictions who need to restart progress after past involvement. This track includes optional outcomes for attendance at Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshops and participation in the Mentorship program as a Mentee.
    • Track 2 is for SLTT jurisdictions who have completed the first important steps with the Retail Program Standards (a Self-Assessment of All Nine Standards and a Comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan) and are ready to begin meeting (and maintaining) the Elements that lead to achievement of the nine Standards.
    • Track 3 offers a three-year Maintenance and Advancement Base Grant, designed for SLTT jurisdictions who commit to making significant progress and a multi-year commitment to progress with the Retail Program Standards. This grant type is not offered in the current CY 2023 grant cycle.
  • Optional Add-On Grants: For applicants who qualify for and apply for a Track 2 Development Base Grant, and for current grantees with a Track 3 Maintenance and Advancement Base Grant, several Optional Add-On Grants are offered each year.