National Disaster Resilience Competition
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on September 17, 2014 announced a new competition, the National Disaster Resilience Competition, in order to build more resilient communities which have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. There are 67 eligible applicants across the county for this $1 billion national competition; the maximum award per grantee is $500 million. The County of Dauphin is one of the eligible applicants for NRDC funding. This new program is similar to Rebuild by Design, especially because of its emphasis on community involvement and support.
HUD established a two phased approach to select winners:
- Phase 1 – Risk assessment and Planning: Extensive stakeholder and community outreach to formulate project concept. Includes identifying the most impacted communities, unmet recovery needs, revitalization objectives, most significant vulnerabilities, and opportunities for collaboration.
- Phase 2 – Design and Implementation: Winners of Phase 1 will be invited to participate in Phase 2. Phase 2 includes continuing community engagement and solidifying partnerships, refining designs for solutions to address the impacts, risks and vulnerabilities identified in Phase 1, and demonstrating project feasibility and effectiveness. If selected as a Phase 2 winner, implementation is also included.
The Phase 1 application is due March 27th, 2015. HUD will take approximately 2 months to review the application to determine if it is acceptable to move onto Phase 2.