National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC)


Program Details


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 .

Why California Is Eligible

California’s Perspective

The competition is 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.  At this point, HCD is leading an effort in partnership with Tuolumne County , Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) , U.S. Forest Service , California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire), and the Sierra Institute to look at the feasibility of an application that targets the Rim Fire resilient recovery needs.

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.

What’s New

Success! California will receive more than $70 million in federal funding for an innovative disaster recovery and resilience program in Tuolumne County following the devastating 2013 Rim Fire.  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

  • HUD will inform the State about exactly what was funded.  We know we have been awarded some funding for each of our pillars:  The Forest and Watershed Health Program, the Biomass Facility and Wood Products Campus, and one of the Community Resilience Centers; however, we do not yet have the official funding breakdown from HUD.
  • The Department will submit required documentation to HUD by February 19, 2016.  After approval of that submission, HUD will issue the State its grant contract and HCD will distribute the funding to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and Tuolumne County for project implementation.

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

Notices and Public Comments

Draft NDRC Documents for Review

Note: This is a working draft for comment on content. Not all parts of the Phase 2 application are included for public comment. HUD’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the NDRC requires the Application’s Executive Summary, Exhibits (A-G), and Attachments D and F.

Note: The Phase 1 Application does not include proposed projects to be funded. This application phase is about passing threshold for applicant eligibility and being scored on an approach for reaching resiliency related to the Qualifying Disaster. Phase 2 is where actual projects and their funding source will be developed and detailed.

NDRC Application Documents

View Phase 1 application documents, Phase 2 application documents, and supporting documents.

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