On September 17, 2014 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of nearly $1 billion of Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding. HUD will award these funds competitively for resilient recovery initiatives. Through this competition, HUD is seeking proposals from eligible applicants for innovative resilience projects that both address unmet disaster recovery needs and make their communities more resilient to future threats. The competition acknowledges a broad range of potential acute shocks and chronic stresses and encourages innovative projects that are rooted in forward-looking risk analysis to address recovery, resilience, and revitalization needs.
HUD seeks to provide eligible applicants with capacity both to develop the most innovative projects for the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) and to address resilience needs more broadly and over a longer time period. To that end, HUD has entered into a partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation to provide a capacity building program that will enhance applicants’ understanding of resilience, provide additional support for assessing risks and vulnerabilities, support applicants via world-class expertise in designing, financing, and implementing resilience projects. More information on the Rockefeller effort – which we strongly urge all applications participate in – can be found on the Rockefeller Foundation National Disaster Resilience Competition page.