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National Disaster Resilience Grant

The State of New Jersey received $15 million in National Disaster Resilience (NDR) funding from the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the creation of regional resiliency planning
programs that will assist flood-prone regions and communities in better addressing their increased flooding risk.
The New Jersey National Disaster Resilience application, which HUD approved in January 2016, describes in
detail the State’s proposed use of the funding, which involves helping communities assess their repetitive
flooding challenges and then develop workable solutions that can be implemented to counter those challenges.

Resiliency Project Overview

New Jersey’s numerous estuarine and riverine communities experience significant flooding and storm surge
events from hurricanes, tropical storms, and nor’easters. These events repeatedly affect homes, businesses,
communities, and the environment. The costs of addressing the damage and of mitigating future impacts are
substantial. For example, a preliminary estimate of repair and mitigation needs after Hurricane Sandy exceeded
$35 billion, including over $25 billion in infrastructure.

The State will create a Regional Resiliency Planning Grant Program that will help regions and communities that
experience significant flooding to undergo a comprehensive planning process to identify and address
vulnerabilities due to increased flooding risk, and for work with university partners to develop a toolkit of best
practices for communities to assess their flooding risks and develop resilience building codes and plans.

Project Details

  • Regional Resiliency Planning Grant Program – Funding to regions to undergo a comprehensive
    planning process to identify and address vulnerabilities to increased flood risk, protection of
    environmental resources, and promotion of sustainable/smart growth development.
  • Resiliency Toolkit – Lessons learned from the resiliency planning grant program will be synthesized
    into a toolkit to assist communities across the state and nation that face similar challenges,
    facilitating replicability of the State’s NDR project and the multi-sector approach to assessing
    resilience investment.


For more information, please visit:

NDR DEP Webpage
New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection’s website

NDR Transparency Data
Sandy Recovery Program Dashboard

NDR Plans and Reports
Plans and Reports

New Jersey NDR Competition Application
NDRC Phase 2 Application