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Announcing Year 3 Funding - Starting September 1, 2015!

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) are proud to announce Year 3 of the AFDO administered Retail Program Standards Grant Program.  Opening on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 and accepting applications through Friday, October 9, 2015.  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). 

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.

Please note that sub-award funding available to jurisdictions has increased significantly for Year 3, with $1,974,242 in funding available (up from $502,500 in Year 2).  This will enable a significant increase in awards for jurisdictions in all project categories (Small Projects, Moderate Projects, and Training).

Jurisdictions that applied for and/or were awarded funds in Years 1 and/or 2 are eligible to apply once again for funds in Year 3.  Jurisdictions can apply for funding for one project in each of the three categories for a maximum of three applications per jurisdiction for Year 3. 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.); and
  • Training up to $3,000 (up from $2,000), 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.

What’s Next?

The registration/application portal for Year 3 will open on September 1, 2015.  Please check back at this page on that date to begin the application process.  We strongly encourage you to register your email address here to receive news and updates.

Application Information for Year 1 and Year 2 Grantees and Applicants

When the Year 3 application period opens on September 1, 2015, existing grantees and past applicants (Years 1 and 2) will be able to apply for Year 3 funding through this same portal.  Please use the username and password provided during your past application phases to access the grant portal.  If you cannot find your username and/or password, or if you have any questions, please contact us at (850) 583-4953 or

Reporting and Information for Year 2 Grantees

The grant portal is open and up to date with Year 2 information.  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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