National Disaster Resilience

On September 17, 2014, HUD released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - National Disaster Resilience Competition (CDBG-NDR). 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. During this phase, eligible applicants could participate in resilience workshops hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation. These 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. The resilience workshops 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. On January 21, 2016, HUD announced the following 13 CDBG-NDR finalists:


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

National Disaster Resilience (NDR) Resources

NDR DRGR Action Plan and QPR Setup Guidance

NDR DRGR Action Plan Checklist

NDR QPR Review Checklist

HUD Template for Grantee Projections

NDR Certification Checklist

NDR Guide for Review of Financial Management

NDR Grant Requirements Notice - 81 FR 36557 - June 7, 2016

NDR Grants Waiver Notice - 82 FR 36812 - August 7, 2017

National Disaster Resilience Competition Winners

Winners of the National Disaster Resilience Competition were announced on January 21, 2016.

View the announcement of the National Disaster Resilience Competition winners.

Introduction to CDBG National Disaster Resilience Grants

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Grants Management

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

National Disaster Resilience Competition Overview

National Disaster Resilience Competition Phase 2 NOFA

National Disaster Resilience Competition Phase 2 FAQs

National Disaster Resilience Competition Phase 1 FAQs

Most Impacted and Distressed Unmet Recovery Need (MID-URN) Checklist Form

Most Impacted Counties, Disaster Declarations and FEMA Data

Rockefeller Foundation's Capacity Building Initiative for the NDRC

The Rockefeller Foundation has renewed its commitment in Phase 2 to work closely with HUD to encourage and support a culture of resilience around disaster preparedness and planning in American communities. As it did in Phase 1 of NDRC, the Rockefeller Foundation will provide targeted technical assistance to eligible states and communities and support a stakeholder-driven process, informed by the best available data, to identify recovery needs and innovative solutions. The strategic partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and HUD draws on the best of the Rebuild by Design competition, where the Rockefeller Foundation provided lead support for administration of the competition and community engagement. Rebuild by Design competition produced six winning projects announced in June 2014 to be implemented with $930 million from HUD. These projects serve as models of how philanthropic resources and federal funding can be leveraged to support the design of innovative resilience projects which not only protect people and property from future disasters but also provide highly desirable community amenities like parks and recreation areas. Rebuild by Design encouraged communities to use both traditional "gray" and green infrastructure solutions to recurrent flooding, spurring best thinking to move beyond traditional sea walls to more attractive and sustainable solutions. For more information visit the Rockefeller Foundation's Capacity Building Initiative for the NDRC page.

Rockefeller Foundation FAQs

Training Materials

HUD offered a series of webinars to discuss NDRC NOFA requirements, answer NDRC NOFA questions, and jump start the climate resilience dialogue.

Access training material from previously held webinars.


Community Resilience Resources

HUD Office of Economic Resilience