Retail Program Standards Grant Program


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 2018 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).

Calendar Year 2018 Application Process

The portal is open to accept applications for the 2018 funding year from September 4, 2017 through October 2, 2017 at 7:59 PM Eastern Time.* (Please see the notice below regarding an extension for jurisdictions impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.)

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.

Approximately $1,421,250 in funding is available for this granting year. This will enable a significant number of awards for jurisdictions in all four project categories – Small Projects, Moderate Projects, Training, and Food Protection Task Force Support Projects.

Jurisdictions that applied for and/or were awarded funds in the previous years are eligible to apply again for funds for 2018 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.

*Special Notice for Jurisdictions Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

FDA has authorized an extended application period for any jurisdiction located in the “Major Disaster Declaration” areas as a result of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Based on the FEMA Web site, parts of Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands are eligible. For these eligible jurisdictions, the portal will remain open to accept applications for the 2018 funding year through October 13, 2017 at 7:59 PM Eastern Time.

For complete information, and to verify eligibility, please click here.

To Apply

All applicants are encouraged to review the 2018 Retail Program Standards Grant Program Grant Guidance prior to beginning the process.

Project Categories

  • 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
  • Food Protection Task Force Support 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).

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Program Overview & Grantee Testimonials

Since the inception of the AFDO-administered Retail Program Standards Grant Program in 2014, more than $4.9 million has been awarded across 1,119 grants.  Our grantees have responded with overwhelming high praise of the program, writing everything from “This has been the best experience in getting much equipment and supplies we need to continue our food training;” to “simplest grant application to date.”  You may view grantee-submitted videos about their projects and opinions of the program by clicking the map below.

Overview videos

For Current Grantees and Applicants

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 may 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)