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Retail Program Standards Grants

The Retail Program Standards Grant Program is a partnership between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO).  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).


About the Program

Each year, 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.

Do you have more questions?  Please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


Calendar Year 2021 Application Process

The grants management portal is now open to accept applications for the 2021 funding year from September 2, 2020 through October 13, 2020 at 7:59 PM Eastern Time.

Approximately $2 million will be awarded for CY 2021, enabling a significant number of awards for jurisdictions in four categories: Small, Moderate, Training, and Food Protection Task Force Projects.  Jurisdictions who are enrolled in the Retail Program Standards can apply for one project in each of the four categories for a maximum of four applications per jurisdiction. Jurisdictions that applied for and/or were awarded funds in the previous years are eligible to apply again for funds for 2021 funding.


 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 jurisdictional staff to meet the requirements of Standard 2 (Step 1 & 3 Curriculum or CEU maintenance) or to attend FDA Regional Seminars or other training in order to achieve or maintain FDA Standardization; and
  • Food Protection Task Force Support Projects up to $3,000, to assist jurisdictions in meeting the requirements of Standard 5 Foodborne Illness and Food Defense Preparedness and Response and/or Standard 7 Industry and Community Relations. (For a list of eligible Task Forces that can be supported by Category 4 Subawards, please download this Excel file.)

*The $3,000 limit on Category 3 Training projects does not apply to AK, HI, and Territories if justification for additional costs is provided.


Apply Now!

  • Existing Users (who have previously applied for a grant through this program) may use their username and password to log in at the upper right corner of this page, or click here. If you cannot find your username and/or password, please click here to reset it.
  • New Applicants (who have not applied for or received a grant from this program) should click here to create an account.

All applicants are encouraged to review the 2021 Retail Program Standards Grant Program Grant Guidance prior to beginning the process.


What’s Next?

Please bookmark this page, https://afdo.org/retailstandards, as it will always contain the most up-to-date information about the grant program. If you would like to receive news and updates when new information is available, please register your email address here.


Program Overview & Grantee Testimonials

Since the inception of the AFDO-administered Retail Program Standards Grant Program in 2014, more than $8.1 million has been awarded across 1,985 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.


For Current Grantees

To view the status of your current grant award(s), view and print copies of both awarded and declined applications, view and print copies of your official award letter(s), or submit required reports and reimbursement requests, 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 click here to reset it.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (850) 583-4593 or retailstandards@afdo.org.