National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC)

CDBG - National Disaster Resilience Grant (CDBG-NDR)


The NDRC is a $1 billion program being administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The NDRC is designed to provide grants to communities to rebuild in a more resilient way following major disaster.  States that had presidential disaster declaration in 2011, 2012, or 2013 are eligible to apply.  This competition encourages American communities to consider not only the infrastructure needed to become resilient, but also the social and economic characteristics that allow communities to quickly bounce back after a disruption. For example, applicants need to consider how their projects will promote community development goals, ensure meaningful public engagement and participation, and build collaborations with neighboring jurisdictions and stakeholders who are critical partners in preventing, mitigating, and recovering from disasters.  The NDRC is modeled on the Rebuild by Design Competition, which was held in the Hurricane Sandy-affected region following that disaster.  The intention is to look at rebuilding in a more resilient and holistic way and to consider multiple dimensions and benefits of such an approach.

For more information on the program, visit HUD Exchange .

HUD NDRC Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) - (PDF)

Federal Register Notice - 2016 – NDR Awardees and updated Appendix A - (PDF)

Federal Register Notice - 2017 – NDR Waiver Approvals - (PDF)

California's Award

California’s Perspective

The competition was an opportunity to put into action many of the principles that we have developed in the around climate adaptation and resilience, hazard mitigation, and other sustainability efforts. The NDRC Core Team, a partnership lead by the Governor's Office of Planning and Research  (OPR) , and comprised of HCD, Tuolumne County , the Sierra Nevada ConservancyCalifornia Environmental Protection Agency  (CalEPA), California Office of Emergency Services  (CalOES), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection  (CalFire), and the U.S. Forest Service submitted a successful Phase II application for the NDRC that targeted the Rim Fire resilient recovery needs.  The program proposed by the application is called the Community and Watershed Resilience Program.

The Community and Watershed Resilience Program is designed to address the unmet recovery needs from the 2013 Rim Fire in Tuolumne County. The Program will support community protection and resilience from future fires, foster economic development, and provide long-term environmental and economic benefits. The State of California was awarded $70.4 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the National Disaster Resilience Competition. The State of California signed its Grant Agreement with HUD in January 2017, and all funds must be expended by September 30, 2022. Read the full press release (PDF).
The State of California will pursue three activities within the Community and Watershed Resilience Program, for a total funding amount of $70,359,459:

  • Forest and Watershed Health - $28,604,459
  • Community Resilience Center - $19,755,000
  • Biomass Utilization Facility - $22,000,000

Defining Resilience

A resilient community is able to resist and rapidly recover from disasters or other shocks with minimal outside assistance.  Reducing current and future risk is essential to the long-term vitality, economic well-being, and security of all communities.  By identifying future risk and vulnerabilities, resilient recovery planning can maximize preparedness, save lives, and bring benefits to a community long after recovery projects are complete.

NDRC Application Documents

Grant Administration Structure

The funding, part of the HUD's National Disaster Resilience Competition, will be used to help restore forest and watershed health, support local economic development, and increase disaster resilience in the rural mountain areas affected by the fire. Read the full press release (PDF).

Next Steps

  • HCD is preparing all the necessary contracts for all the CDBG-National Disaster Resilience (CDBG-NDR) partners
    • Forest and Watershed Health Program

      • Adoption of the EISs from the USFS is concluding. See the “Documents” section below.
    • Biomass Utilization Facility

      • Procurement of a consultant to conduct a feasibility study and identify the best model and suitable site options for review.
      • See “Procurement” section below
    • Community Resilience Center

      • Public meetings in Tuolumne County to discuss components and possible siting options
      • Public meeting flyer (PDF)
        • October 17, 2017 – Groveland
        • November 2, 2017 – Tuolumne
        • November 14, 2017 - Sonora

As more details are made available, they will be posted on this site.  If you have questions, as always, you may e-mail us at

Public Notices


  • Public Notice of Availability – Adoption of Final U.S. Forest Service Environmental Impact Statement – 2014 Rim Fire Recovery (PDF)
  • Public Notice of Availability – Adoption of Final U.S. Forest Service Environmental Impact Statement – 2016 Rim Fire Reforestation (PDF)


NDR Documents for Review Pursuant to Public Notices

National Disaster Resilience (NDR) Documents

HCD Executed Contracts

HCD Grantee Executed Contract Summaries

County of Tuolumne: 16-NDR-11291 (Updated as of 9/19/17)

A. Contractor
C. Procured
E. Contract
F. Total
G. Amount of
H. Brief
Description of
Lionakis 969000907 Tuolumne County 8/15/2017 7/30/2019 $241,000 $241,000 Phase I -
Cox Consulting 79173625 Tuolumne County 9/5/2017 7/30/2019 $24,500 $24,500 NDRC-

Environmental Documents

Forest and Watershed Health Program

HUD – Request for Release of Funds (RROF)


HCD NDR Procurements


NDR Action Plan and Performance Reports

NDR Action Plan and Substantial Amendments

NDR Performance Reports

HCD CDBG-DR and CDBG-NDR Programs Administration Manual and Forms

This administration manual outlines HCD’s process for administering CDBG-DR and CDBG-NDR grant programs. This manual is a living document and will be updated as necessary.



NDR Grantee Grant Management Manual and Forms

Note: Full Manual Coming Soon!

NDR Forms:


Contact Information