National Disaster Resilience Competition
On June 14, 2014, President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition, in which states that experienced a presidentially declared major disaster in 2011, 2012 or 2013 could compete for nearly $1 billion in federal funding to help communities rebuild and increase their resilience.
Louisiana was one of the states eligible to compete for $820 million of $1 billion, which was available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds drawn from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.
On Sept. 17, 2014, HUD officially launched the competition, which promoted risk assessment and planning, and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. All successful applicants needed to tie their proposals to the eligible disaster(s) from which they are recovering.