National Disaster Resilience Competition


The overall CDBG program objective is to develop viable urban communities, by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. The National Resilient Disaster Competition program funds appropriated by P.L. 113-2 are available for resilient recovery projects and necessary expenses related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization in the most impacted and distressed areas resulting from a major disaster declared pursuant to the due to Hurricane Sandy and other eligible events in calendar years 2011, 2012, and 2013.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Assistant Secretary For Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 By the end of FY18, all 13 grants had been fully executed with grantees. Action Plans were approved and grant funds were available through the Disaster Recovery Grant Reporting System (DRGR). Grantees had drawn approximately $73 million (7.3% of the total awarded amount).
Fiscal Year 2019 During FY19 grantees have drawn nearly $66 million in grant funds, for a cumulative disbursed amount of $138,576,851 (as of July 30, 2019). HUD expects the pace of grantee draws to increase as program designs are nearing completion, and projects are beginning to launch. HUD estimates total draws to reach $150 million by the end of the FY (15% of the total appropriation).
Fiscal Year 2020 During FY20, NDR projects should be fully launched under all grants and expenditures should increase significantly. HUD anticipates a 33% increase in the expenditure of grant funds and estimates grantees will expend $200 million during that year - bringing the total amount expended up to $350 million (35% of the total awarded amount).
Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 Public Law 113-2., Public Law 113-2
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
CDBG DR competitive funds are made available to States and units of general local governments designated by the President of the United States as disaster areas. These communities must have significant unmet recovery needs and the capacity to carry out a disaster recovery program (usually these are governments that already receive HOME or Community Development Block Grant allocations). Grantees may use CDBG Disaster Recovery funds for recovery efforts involving housing, economic development, infrastructure and prevention of further damage to affected areas. However, CDBG DR funds may not be used for activities reimbursable by or for which funds are made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the Army Corps of Engineers.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The principal beneficiaries of CDBG DR funds are low- and moderate-income persons (generally defined as a member of a family having an income equal to or less than the Section 8 low income limit established by HUD) in communities that have experienced a disaster event. Generally, grantees must use at least half of Disaster Recovery funds for activities that principally benefit low-and moderate-income persons. These can be either activities in which all or the majority of people who benefit have low or moderate incomes or activities that benefit an area or service group in which at least 51 percent of the populous are of low- and moderate-income. HUD can only waive this requirement on a showing of "compelling need."
Recipients must certify they will meet program requirements and applicable federal requirements.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. As a condition of making any grant under this appropriation, the Secretary is required to certify in advance that grantees have in place proficient financial controls and procurement processes and have established adequate procedures to prevent any duplication of benefits as defined by section 312 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5155), to ensure timely expenditure of funds, to maintain comprehensive websites regarding all disaster recovery activities assisted with these funds, and to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse of funds.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Recipients submit a comprehensive application to be considered for funding, SF Form 424, and certifications to HUD. The Application must meet the criteria of the NOFA and must identify the proposed use(s) of the grantee's allocation, including criteria for eligibility, and how the uses address long-term recovery needs. Application for CDBG-RDR waiver and alternative requirement. The requirements for CDBG actions plans, located at 42 U.S.C. 12705(a)(2), 42 U.S.C. 5304(a)(1), 42 U.S.C. 5304(m), 42 U.S.C. 5306(d)(2)(C)(iii), 24 CFR 91.220, and 91.320 are waived for funds provided under the Appropriations Act. Instead, each grantee must submit to HUD an Application for CDBG-RDR. During the course of the grant, HUD will monitor the grantee's actions and use of funds for consistency with the application, and meeting the performance and timeliness objectives therein and in this Attachment A. Per the Appropriations Act, and in addition to the requirements at 24 CFR 91.500, the Secretary may disapprove an amendment to an application if it is determined that the amended application does not satisfy all of the required elements identified in this NOFA.
Award Procedure
See NOFA or contact the headquarters office.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days. See NOFA or contact the headquarters office.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
The competition supports innovative resilience projects at the local level while encouraging communities to adopt policy changes and activities that plan for the impacts of extreme weather and rebuild affected areas to be better prepared for the future. The competition underscores the ability communities have to not only recover from recent disasters but also rebuild better and stronger for the future. It will allow them to engage local stakeholders, nongovernmental organizations and the philanthropic sector to protect their own communities from the impacts of climate change by enhancing resilient infrastructure, building on sound science, and deploying innovative approaches to investments. These funds will enable eligible communities to access resources that help both recover from the previous disaster and make plans, decisions, and investments that make them more resilient to the next disaster. Recipients may undertake a wide range of activities directed toward disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure and housing, and economic revitalization. However, Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG DR) funds may not be used for activities reimbursable by or for which funds are made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the Army Corps of Engineers. Grantees must conduct an assessment of community impacts and unmet needs to guide the development and prioritization of planned recovery activities and develop their own programs and funding priorities as long as programs/activities conform to the statutory standards and program regulations. Some of the specific activities that can be carried out with CDBG DR funds include buying damaged properties in a flood plain and relocating residents to safer areas; relocation payments for people and businesses displaced by the disaster; debris removal not covered by FEMA; rehabilitation of homes and buildings damaged by the disaster; buying, constructing, or rehabilitating public facilities such as streets, neighborhood centers, and water, sewer and drainage systems; code enforcement; homeownership activities such as down payment assistance, interest rate subsidies and loan guarantees for disaster victims; public services (generally limited to no more than 15 percent of the grant); helping businesses retain or create jobs in disaster impacted areas; and planning and administration costs (limited to no more than 20 percent of the grant). Eligible activities must meet at least one of three program national objectives: benefit persons of low and moderate income, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or meet other urgent community development needs because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available. CDBG DR grants primarily benefit low-income residents in and around communities that have experienced a natural disaster. Generally, grantees must use at least half of Disaster Recovery funds for activities that principally benefit low-and moderate-income persons. These can be either activities in which all or the majority of people who benefit have low or moderate incomes or activities that benefit an area or service group in which at least 51 percent of the populous are of low- and moderate-income. HUD can only waive this requirement on a showing of “compelling need." Recipients may contract with other local agencies or nonprofit organizations to carry out components of their programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The Department performs regular performance monitoring of grantees both remotely and through annual on-site reviews. The Department determines on-site monitoring priorities based on a risk-analysis of the grantees’ portfolio of activities or known high-risk areas. For all Headquarters-held grants under this appropriation, HUD staff will conduct at least one annual on-site monitoring review. The Office of Community Planning and Development's CPD Notice CPD -12-02, 'Implementing Risk Analyses for Monitoring Community Planning and Development Grant Programs' describes the Department's risk analysis process. Monitoring exhibits can be found in Chapter 6 of HUD's Community Planning and Development (CPD) Grantee Monitoring Handbook.
The auditee may elect to have a program-specific audit conducted under certain limited circumstances. CDBG DR grantees shall make reviews and audits, including onsite reviews of any subrecipients, designated public agencies, and UGLGs, as may be necessary or appropriate to meet the requirements of 42 U.S.C. 5304(e)(2), as amended, and as modified by the federal notice covering grant funds. Additionally, grantees must have an internal audit function in place for the detection of fraud, waste, and abuse where the responsible audit staff report independently to the chief officer or board of the organization designated to administer the CDBG-DR award.
Grantees must maintain records with regard to eligibility, national objectives, financial management, citizen participation, relocation, other resources, acquisition, housing assistance to dwelling units and households, equal opportunity, environmental impact, labor standards and other requirements set forth in the program regulations. Records shall be retained for a period of four years after submission of the report in which the activity is reported as completed, except as otherwise prescribed in the regulations.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 24 Chapter V Part 570

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
To ensure the timely expenditure of funds, section 904(c) under Title IX of P.L. 113-2 requires that all funds be expended within two years of the date HUD obligates funds to a grantee (funds are obligated to a grantee upon HUD’s signing of the grantee’s CDBG–DR grant agreement). Action Plans must demonstrate how funds will be fully expended within two years of obligation. For any funds that the grantee believes will not be expended by the deadline, it must submit a letter to HUD justifying why it is necessary to extend the deadline for a specific portion of funds. Additionally, P.L. 113-2 requires that HUD obligate all funds provided under Chapter 9, Community Development Fund, not later than September 30, 2017. However, NDR grantees have requested extensions of the expenditure deadline up until September 30, 2022. Those expenditure extensions will be published in a subsequent expenditure Federal Register notice. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact appropriate HUD Field Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog
Headquarters Office
Phyllis Foulds
801 Cherry Street, Suite 2800
Fort Worth, TX 76102 USA
Phone: 817-978-5948
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$791,723,730.00; FY 16$207,384,270.00; - California $70,359,459 Connecticut $54,277,359 Iowa $96,887,177 Louisiana $92,629,249 Minot, ND $74,340,770 New Jersey $15,000,000 New Orleans, LA $141,260,569 New York City, NY $176,000,000 New York State $35,800,000 Shelby County, TN $60,445,163 Springfield, MA $17,056,880 Tennessee $44,502,374 Virginia $120,549,000 TOTAL $999,108,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Thirteen (13) grants were awarded. The smallest award amount was $15 million (New Jersey) and the largest was $176 million (New York City). The average award amount was $76.8 million.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See NOFA or contact headquarters. Administrative Regulations for Community Development Block Grants, 24 CFR 570 and the following Federal Register notices: 78 FR 14329, 78 FR 32262, 78 FR 23578, and 81 FR 54114.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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