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National Disaster Resilience 

HUD released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - National Disaster Resilience Competition (CDBG-NDR) in 2014. The Competition awarded almost $1 billion in funding for disaster recovery and long-term community resilience through a two-phase competition process. All states and units of general local governments with major disasters declared in 2011, 2012, and 2013 were eligible to participate in Phase 1 of the competition, and during this phase, eligible applicants could participate in resilience workshops hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation.

These resilience workshops provided a wide range of information and expertise to help communities understand resilience and identify various threats, hazards, economic stresses and other potential shocks that could impact each community. They also offered eligible applicants tools and concepts to better identify and assess their situation, engage with their communities, choose resilience building opportunities, and develop strong applications for the NDRC.

Based on a review of the Phase 1 application, 40 states and communities were invited to compete in the second and final phase of the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Applicants were required to tie their proposals back to the eligible disaster from which they were recovering. Additionally, applicants were required to complete a benefit-cost analysis for the proposed projects. In January 2016, HUD announced the following 13 CDBG-NDR grant recipients:


  • California - $70,359,459
  • Connecticut - $54,277,359
  • Iowa - $96,887,177
  • Louisiana - $92,629,249
  • New Jersey - $15,000,000
  • New York - $35,800,000
  • Tennessee - $44,502,374
  • Virginia - $120,549,000


  • New York City - $176,000,000
  • New Orleans - $141,260,569
  • Minot, ND - $74,340,770
  • Shelby County, TN - $60,445,163
  • Springfield, MA - $17,056,880
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Content current as of February 23, 2024.