The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in collaboration with the Rockefeller Foundation (Rockefeller), is providing significant resources and support to communities to help them become more resilient. The National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) is a two-phase process that will competitively award nearly $1 billion in HUD Disaster Recovery funds to eligible communities.
The competition will help communities recover from prior disasters and improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from future disasters, hazards, and shocks. To complement these funds, Rockefeller will provide technical assistance and training workshops to every eligible state and local government. This support will help applicants consider future risks and vulnerabilities in planning and decision-making, and assist them in applying for HUD funding. While distinct, these two programs will work together to help communities better understand their risks and identify ways in which they can protect the long-term well-being and safety of their residents.
Of the nearly $1 billion available through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, about $820 million will be available to all states and local governments that experienced a Presidentially-declared major disaster in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In Hampton Roads, Hurricane Irene is the qualifiying event. All successful applicants will need to show how their proposed action relates to the disaster from which they are recovering. HUD will ensure that geographic diversity is a consideration in the selection of participating communities.
In an effort to be independent but supportive of the National Disaster Resilience Competition, the Rockefeller Foundation is convening resilience workshops around the country that will offer to every state and eligible local government applicant, a wide range of information and expertise to help communities understand resilience; and identify their various threats, hazards, economic stresses and other potential shocks, including those resulting from climate change. The resilience workshops will offer eligible applicants tools and concepts that will help them identify and assess their situation, engage with their communities, choose resilience building opportunities, and respond to this NOFA. For more information visit the Rockefeller Foundation's Capacity Building Initiative for the NDRC page.