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NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) work in partnership to administer the NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model (RFFM) Grant Program. The program provides funding to State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) retail food regulatory agencies as they advance conformance with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards). FDA is utilizing our strengths to assist SLTT retail food programs in their efforts to reduce the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors and implement and attain conformance with the Retail Program Standards.

Calendar Year 2024 Applications

The NEHA FDA RFFM Grant portal closed October 11, 2023. Thank you to the third-year grant program participants and congratulations to all grantees. With the goal of advancing FDA's Retail Program Standards, we awarded 563 projects totaling $4.2 million in funding to 254 unique state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions nationwide. Including Year 3 of the three-year Grants that were awarded in 2022, the NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program will provide nearly $8.5 million to jurisdictions for Retail Program Standards work to be completed during CY 2024. A summary of year 3 fund distribution can be found on the Grant Awards page.

Payments for CY 2024 Grants

As an innovation for CY 2024, with the goal of significantly reducing the administrative burden for jurisdictions, several grant types will now utilize deliverables-based payments (Fixed Funding).

Grant types and options that will utilize Fixed Funding based on deliverables include:

  • Track 1 Development Base Grants (Base funding, Mentee Optional Add-On funding)
  • Track 2 Development Base Grants (Base funding, Public Health Metric Funding, Mentee Optional Add-On funding)
  • Mentorship Optional Add-On Grants (Mentee and Mentor funding)

To receive payment for the Fixed Funding grants or options, specified deliverables must be met for each grant type and option. Payment will be based on deliverables achieved during the project period. Expense documentation WILL NOT be required for payment of Fixed Funding outcomes and options, and your actual spending DOES NOT need to conform to the deliverables-based payment amounts. You are free to expend funds as determined by your unique needs, with the only requirement for payment being confirmation that each selected deliverable has been met. For audit purposes, however, keep in mind that your spending must always adhere to all applicable federal subaward grant funding rules.

Traditional Reimbursements still apply to several grants and options, and payment will be based on an approved budget in the grant application and detailed receipts included with a Reimbursement Request.

Grant types that will utilize Traditional Reimbursements include:

  • Track 3 Maintenance and Advancement Base Grants
  • Capacity Building Optional Add-On Grants
  • Training funds (offered as Training Optional Add-On for Tracks 1 and 2, and through the Training Optional Add-On Grants for current Track 3 Maintenance and Advancement Base grantees)
  • Special Projects Optional Add-on Grants

Advance Payments are still an option for all grant types.

For complete details on CY 2024 program changes, please review the Grant Guidance. Grantees should also review the Reporting and Payments requirements before requesting a payment. The NEHA-FDA RFFM Reimbursement Request Excel Template, required with all Reimbursement Requests, is also available for download on the Reporting and Payments page.

Key Dates

  • January 1, 2024: Grant Performance Period began for all CY 2024 Awards
  • July 17, 2024: CY 2024 Interim Reports due
  • December 31, 2024: Grant Performance Period ends for all Awards (Y1, Y2, Y3)
  • February 12, 2025: CY 2024 Final Progress Reports and Reimbursement Requests due

Current Grantees

Grantees can use the "Access the Grant Portal" link to log in to the Grant Portal using your existing username and password.

From the Grant Portal:

  • View and print granted and declined applications
  • View and print official NEHA-FDA RFFM Grant Program Award Letters
  • Access required reports and due dates, file reports, and request payments

Hear what our grantees have to say about their experience on our Grantee Testimonials page.


For more information and support, contact:

NEHA-FDA Retail Flexible Funding Model Grant Program Support Team

Email: retailgrants@neha.org
Toll-Free: 1-833-575-2404

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