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Announcing Year 2 Funding
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) are proud to announce Year 2 of the 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 be open and accepting applications from Monday, September 2, 2014 through Friday, October 10, 2014. Please access the portal by using the yellow “Access the Grant Portal” button below.

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. Total funding for Year 2 is expected to increase modestly, to $502,500.

Jurisdictions that applied and/or were awarded funds in Year 1 are eligible to again apply for funds in Year 2. Jurisdictions can apply for funding for one project in each of the three categories for a maximum of three applications per jurisdiction:
  • 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, or a verification audit
  • 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, etc.)
  • Training up to $2,000, for jurisdictions' staff to meet the requirements of Standard 2 (Step 1 and 3 Curriculum or CEU maintenance) or to attend FDA Regional Seminars to maintain FDA Standardization
Additional information will be posted to this Web page. If you would like to receive news and updates when new information is available, please register your email address here.

DHRD Training Calendar (For Consideration with Training Grant Applications)
Users may download the tentative training calendar for DHRD courses that are related to Cooperative Programs, Feed, and Manufactured Food that are planned for FY 2015.  These courses were selected based upon each region’s prioritized training requests, in concert with each state’s training requests, as well as making certain that programmatic needs are also fulfilled (e.g. FSMA, MFRPS, AAFRPS, etc.).  Please feel free to use this information for planning purposes, recognizing that the courses and/or locations are subject to change.  The final course schedule is expected to be posted online on or around October 1, 2014. 

Download the Tentative Course Schedule Here (PDF)

Please Note:  The goal of Category 3 Training Grants is to provide funding for jurisdictions to send staff to training that meets the requirements of Standard 2 (Step 1 & 3 Curriculum or CEU maintenance) or to attend FDA Regional Seminars to maintain FDA Standardization.  As long as the project plan and objectives are aligned with the goals of the Retail Program Standards, there may be other training events that qualify beyond just the courses outlined within the DHRD calendar.

For Current Year 1 Grantees and Applicants
The grant portal is open and up to date with Year 1 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).

For grantees and applicants who previously registered for Year 1 grants:  Please use the username and password provided during the Year 1 grant application phase to access the grant portal.  If you cannot find your username and/or password, or if you have questions, please contact us at (850) 583-4593 or

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