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Milk and Shellfish Grants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in collaboration with the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS), the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC), and the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), have partnered to provide State Cooperative Program Grants for the Grade “A” Milk Safety and National Shellfish Sanitation Programs.

Grant funding is available to state or territorial (Puerto Rico) agencies that have the regulatory authority to implement the Grade “A” Milk Safety Program and/or the National Shellfish Sanitation Program.

Calendar Year 2020 – Equipment Subawards

The application portal opened on March 31, 2020 for Equipment subawards only, and closed on April 29, 2020. The CY 2020 Grant Guidance is available here.

Approximately $500,000 is available for CY 2020 equipment subawards, which will limit the total number of states and programs that will receive subawards. We anticipate that the selection process for equipment subawards in Spring 2020 will be very competitive.

Applications received on or prior to April 29, 2020 are currently under review. Please stay tuned to this website for the latest information on funding announcements.

Key Equipment Subaward Details

  • State or territorial (Puerto Rico) agencies with regulatory/rating authority, or that provide a state laboratory service, to implement the National Grade “A” Milk Safety Program may submit one (1) application; and/or
  • State agencies with regulatory authority, or that provide a state laboratory service, to implement the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) may submit one (1) application.
  • Maximum Funding Details:
    • Each STATE can be awarded up to $25,000 for Milk Equipment (Puerto Rico is also eligible) and up to $25,000 for Shellfish Equipment.
    • For States that have multiple applications from different agencies with a role in implementing the National Grade “A” Milk Program and/or the NSSP, the maximum limits for Milk and Shellfish will apply per State.

Examples of how the maximum State funding limit may impact funding prioritization:

  • A single State agency with roles in both the Grade “A” Milk Program and the NSSP could submit two applications for $25,000 each. Both applications would be reviewed, scored and ranked. If both are ranked high enough, both could receive full funding (Milk and Shellfish applications do not compete against each other for funds).
  • A State with a single application for Milk funding (either because only one agency with a role in the Grade “A” Milk program applies, or because agencies within the State apply through a single collaborative application) could be awarded up to $25,000.
  • A State with three eligible Shellfish agencies where each submits a separate application for $25,000 would be addressed as follows: All three applications would be reviewed, scored and ranked. If more than one of the applications ranks high enough to receive funding, only the highest ranked application would be funded for up to $25,000.
  • A State with two eligible Milk applications (perhaps from a regulatory and a laboratory agency), with one requesting $10,000 and one requesting $15,000 would be addressed as follows: Both applications would be reviewed, scored, and ranked. If both applications rank high enough to receive funding, both could be fully funded.

What’s Next?

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Log into the grants management portal at right, or contact us at (850) 583-4593 or if you have questions about your current award.

Program Data Interactive Map

The interactive map provides detailed grant information of all Milk and Shellfish awardees since this program’s inception in 2017.  The numbers associated with states represent the total number of grant-funded regulatory agencies.

Reimbursement Requests

The online grants management portal system is now accepting reimbursement requests from participants whose grant applications were approved. Use your username and password in the right menu of this page to access your individualized reports. In addition, Grant Reimbursement Instructions are located on the right side of this home page underneath the “Reimbursement Request” header.

Please Note: A reimbursement check will be made to your organization as a whole, and cannot be made payable to any individual.

For Current Grantees and Applicants

Please use the username and password provided during the grant application phase to access the grant portal. If you cannot find your username and/or password, please use the “Reset or create password” link, found underneath the login. Enter your email address, and the system will automatically send both your username and a link to reset your password.

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.