National Disaster Resilience Competition

NDRC Update

The State of California received $70,340,770 after applying for $117,000,000

The Grant application included the following pillars:
• Forest and Watershed Health – Lead: Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Requested: $40,000,000 Received: $28,604,459
• Community Resilience Centers- Lead: Tuolumne County
Requested: $55,000,000 Received $19,755,000
• BioMass Facility and Wood Products - Lead: Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Requested: $22,000,000 Received $22,000,000

Recent Activities:

January 2017: State of California entered into an Agreement with HUD for NDRC Project.

May 2017: NDRC Core Team made a presentation to the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors regarding the status of the NDRC Project.

May 2017: Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors entered into an Agreement with the State Housing and Community Development for the planning, design and construction of a Community Resiliency Center(s).

May 2017: The County anticipates releasing a Request for Proposal for NDRC Consulting Services and a Request for Qualifications for Architectural Services.

June 2017: Public meetings to discuss the NDRC Forest and Watershed Health Program.

Fall 2017: The County anticipates conducting community meetings to solicit input from the public regarding programs and services to be provided in the Community Resiliency Center(s).

NDRC History and Process


Summer of 2014 President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). The federal government allocated $1 billion towards this competition and invited communities that have experienced a natural disaster in the last three years to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters. It is the hope that this competition will support innovative resiliency projects at the local level while encouraging communities to adopt policy changes and activities that plan for the impact of extreme weather and climate change and rebuild affected areas to be better prepared for the future.

Fall 2014, the Tuolumne County Administrator’s Office was contacted by State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), HUD’s State counter-part, and asked if the county was interested in participating in the National Disaster Resilience Competition due to the Rim Fire event.

In the State of California, there were a total of six counties eligible to apply for these funds. In December 2014, notification was given by HCD and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, that Tuolumne County had been selected as the one candidate the State of California was going to endorse to move on to Phase 1 of the National Disaster Resilience Competition.

A Core NDRC Team was put together to work on the NDRC application. During this first phase, the core NDRC Team worked on: gathering information, soliciting input from both stakeholders and the public regarding potential projects, and talking with HUD consultants.

The Core NDRC Team has worked on refining the State's NDRC application. In the Fall 2016 a final "Community and Watershed Resiliency Program" NDRC application was submitted. In July 2016 the State of California was notified that we had received $70,340,770 in NDRC funding for our projects. Since this time, the Core NDRC Team has met on a regular basis to put together and submit required paperwork to HUD. On May 2, 2017 the Core NDRC Team provided a presentation to the Board of Supervisors to officially kick off the NDRC "Community and Watershed Resiliency Program".