The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has filed it Phase 2 application for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). Through this competition, the Commonwealth worked closely with communities to determine which were most vulnerable and had remaining damage from the six federally declared disasters occurring in Massachusetts between 2011 and 2013. The Commonwealth has proposed a plan that will help communities recover from these disasters and become more resilient to future disasters, which will be exacerbated with climate change. Disaster recovery and resiliency to future events will protect people, and their homes, jobs and communities long after the proposed projects are complete.
Areas identified with pressing needs that were included in our application for HUD funding are:
- The Deerfield River Subwatershed with nine towns – Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Monroe, Rowe, and Shelburne – that were impacted by three disasters including Tropical Storm Irene
- Springfield, impacted by five disasters, including tornadoes
- Williamstown, impacted by four disasters, including Tropical Storm Irene
In addition, the application proposes resilience planning and implementation throughout Massachusetts using leveraged funding from the Commonwealth and its partners.
Schedule Responses/Important Dates:
|September 17, 2014||NOFA posted|
|March 27, 2015||Phase 1 application due to HUD|
|March – June 2015||HUD review of Phase 1 applications|
|June 22, 2015||HUD announces successful Phase 1 proposals and invites Phase 2 applications|
|October 9, 2015||Phase 2 Application online. Public comments requested|
|October 27, 2015||Phase 2 application due to HUD|
|January 2016||HUD announces Phase 2 winners and funding amounts|
|Early 2016||Grant agreements signed and sent to successful applicants|
Substantial Amendment Criteria: The criteria for determining what changes in the Application constitute a substantial amendment requiring HUD prior approval are first, any change to the Application that would result in a change of more than 5 points in the score for capacity or soundness of approach or that would change the Most Impacted and Distressed-Unmet Recovery Needs (MID-URN) target area(s). Also, the following modifications will constitute a substantial amendment requiring HUD prior approval:
- a change in program benefit, beneficiaries, or eligibility criteria; the allocation or re-allocation of more than $1 million
- the addition or deletion of an activity.
Subsequent to award, a grantee may substantially amend the Application if it follows the same citizen participation requirements in this Notice for the preparation and submission of an Application and HUD agrees in writing that the amended Application would still score in the fundable range for the competition. Prior to preparation and submission of any post-award amendment, the grantee is encouraged to work with its HUD representative to ensure the proposed change is consistent with this Notice, and all applicable regulations and Federal law.
If you seek additional information regarding this initiative, you can contact: Kathleen Baskin (Kathleen.Baskin@state.ma.us)