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)

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.

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-NDR partners
  • Once all partners are under contract, the next events will include:
    • Forest and Watershed Health Program
      • Public meetings in Tuolumne County about how the funding for the Forest and Watershed Health Program (FWHP) funding will be allocated between all the different activities that make up the FWHP. 
    • Biomass Utilization Facility
      • Procurement of a consultant to conduct a feasibility study and identify the best model and suitable site options for review.
    • Community Resilience Center
      • Procurement of an architect and engineer to develop preliminary design models
      • Public meetings in Tuolumne County to discuss components and possible siting options

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

NDRC Documents for Review

NDRC Application Documents

NDR Action Plan and Performance Reports

NDR Action Plan and Substantial Amendments

NDR Performance Reports - Coming Soon

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:


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