Association of Food and Drug Officials

 Retail Program Standards Grant Program


2017 Retail Program Standards Funding
Accepting Applications Starting on November 2, 2016!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) are proud to announce the application period for the 2017 AFDO-administered Retail Program Standards Grant Program. The program provides funds for the completion of projects and training to enhance conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards). The portal will open to accept applications for the 2017 funding year on November 2, 2016; and will close on December 1, 2016 at 7:59 PM Eastern Time. Once the portal opens, complete instructions, along with the 2017 Grant Guidance, will be posted on this webpage.

Grant funding is open to state, local, territorial, and tribal regulatory retail food programs that have enrolled in the Retail Program Standards. Applicants to this program can expect a simple application process, up-front funding when required by the project, and simple reporting requirements.

It is estimate that more than $1.9 million will be awarded to jurisdictions in 2017. This will enable a significant number of awards for jurisdictions in all project categories - Small Projects, Moderate Projects, Training, and Food Protection Task Force Projects (a new funding category for 2017).

Jurisdictions that applied for and/or were awarded funds in the previous years are eligible to apply again for funds for 2017 funding. Jurisdictions can apply for funding for one project in each of the four categories for a maximum of four applications per jurisdiction for the funding cycle. Project categories include:

  • Small Projects up to $3,000, for jurisdictions to complete: a self-assessment of all nine Standards, small projects related to meeting one or more Standards, a verification audit or audits, or custom projects that increase a jurisdiction’s conformance with the standards;

  • Moderate Projects, $10,000-$20,000, for more ambitious projects that further conformance with the Retail Program Standards (computer software systems, risk factor studies, development of a written compliance program, training events, etc.);

  • Training up to $3,000, for jurisdiction staff to meet the requirements of Standard 2 (Step 1 & 3 Curriculum or CEU maintenance) or to attend FDA Regional Seminars to maintain FDA Standardization; and

  • *New* - Food Protection Task Force Projects up to $3,000 per award. The goal of this category is to advance conformance with the Retail Program Standards by supporting attendance at Food Protection Task Force activities (or similar Food Advisory Board/Council activities, whether Task Force/Board/Council is supported by an FDA grant or not).

What’s Next?

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For Current Grantees and Applicants

For grantees and applicants who previously registered for this grant program: Please use the username and password provided during the previous grant application phase to access the grant portal. If you cannot find your username and/or password, please visit to reset it.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (850) 583-4593 or

Additionally, you can use the portal to view the status of your grant award(s), view and print copies of both awarded and declined applications, view and print copies of your official award letter(s), and submit required reports and reimbursement requests. (Reimbursement Form)


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