National Disaster Resilience Competition


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Posted on 09/25/2014 by VLCT Communications


The National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) will competitively award nearly $1 billion in HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) Disaster Recovery funds to eligible communities to help them recover from prior disasters and improve their ability to withstand and recover more quickly from future disasters. To complement these funds, the Rockefeller Foundation will provide technical assistance and training workshops to every eligible state and local government. More information is here.
Eligibility. All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to submit applications. In addition, 17 local governments that received funding under PL 113-2 are also eligible. A full list of eligible grantees can be found in the attachment “NDRC Eligible Applicants.”
Program Format and Timeline. The National Disaster Resilience Competition is a year-long competition structured in two phases: (1) the framing phase and (2) the implementation phase. The competition is structured to guide applicants in the framing phase through broad consideration of their disaster recovery needs, vulnerabilities, stakeholder interests, resilience and other community development investment alternatives. Then they can refine those needs and design potential solutions in the implementation phase.

  • Phase 1 applications will be due in March 2015.  Successful applicants in Phase 1 will be invited to participate in Phase 2 to design solutions for recovery and resilience.
  • Phase 2 applications will be due 120 days after the selection of participants identified at the end of Phase 1. Applications must include an analysis for any proposed projects with an account of the social and ecological benefits and costs as a consideration. The best proposals from Phase 2 will receive funds for implementation and will demonstrate how communities across the country can build a more resilient future.
  • HUD expects to make final award announcements in late 2015.

Application and program information can be found at For more information, please contact