Frequently Asked Questions

How is Minnesota approaching resilience?

Resiliency must look at creating a livable, sustainable community with access to affordable housing, a vibrant economy where all can participate, appropriate management of water and natural resources, and long-term development of energy security and community health. To accomplish this, Minnesota’s  Ripples of Resilience (RoR) approach has two main components:

1) a Comprehensive Community Resiliency Formula applied across five layers of resiliency (housing, economy, resources, energy, and health) that assesses existing vulnerabilities, stressors, and recovery needs, implements prescriptive solutions, develops long-term positive community outcomes, and maximize co-benefits, and

2) a proactive decision-making process that prioritizes a solution, or develops a synergistic combination of solutions, based on its ability to create ripples of positive impact across populations, sectors, geographies, and time.

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Who should submit a response to the Request for Information?

If you or your organization have a project, program, or tool that would build resiliency and/or meet lingering disaster recovery needs in the target area, you should complete the Request for Information. To better understand how your project fits with the Minnesota framing of resiliency for the National Disaster Resilience competition, it is recommended that you review the Phase I application that was submitted to HUD on March 26th and is available on this website.

What assistance is available to help my organization respond to the Request for Information?

An orientation about the Request for Information process will be held at Duluth City Hall, 411 W. Superior St, Room 303 at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 9th. Individual technical consultations will be held in the two weeks following orientation. These technical consultations are to assist you in completing the RFI to the best of your ability. Sessions may help you connect with potential partners, better define how your work builds resilience, and/or assists you in finding data to support your work.

What happens after we respond to the Request for Information?

All responses will be evaluated against the criteria that HUD will use to determine funding allocations for the National Disaster Resilience Competition. This evaluation will be conducted the Resiliency Steering Committee made up of state and local community development staff, representatives of vulnerable populations, and technical experts. After this initial review, the Resiliency Steering Committee will determine which innovative projects, programs, and/or tools will maximize resiliency, complete recovery work, and create a compelling application. It is fully recognized that many submissions will reflect important work that needs to be done, but may not be incorporated into a final Phase II application. The Steering Committee may decide that important components are missing after the RFI is complete, so additional partners may be sought to fill in these gaps.

What if I have an innovative resiliency idea, but not for the target area?

There are two goals for the State of Minnesota regarding its participation in the National Disaster Resilience Competition. The first is to learn more about resiliency actions that can benefit the state and its population. The second is to secure resources that can help complete necessary disaster recovery work and build resiliency in the designated target area. If you have an innovative idea, project, program, or tool that can help the state build a more resilient future we encourage you to submit it through the RFI process. Funding will be limited by HUD to direct impacts in the target area. The Resiliency Steering Committee could chose to work with you regarding adaptation of your idea for the target area, making it CDBG-NDR eligible or could work with you to implement your idea as part of our larger state resiliency work.

What do I have to do to get my idea on the table for funding consideration?

NEW! Download the RFI document and follow the instructions. If you are interested in funding you need to submit answers to a Survey Monkey and complete Appendix C by May 13, at 4:00 Central. If you want to provide information, but are not anticipating a funding request, you should complete the Survey Monkey and Appendix D by May 13, at 4:00 Central.

Phase II Application for National Disaster Resilience Competition

In order to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach to building resiliency in the State of Minnesota, the NDRC Application team is using a Request for Information process to identify potential projects, programs, or tools that can advance state resiliency as unmet recovery needs are met in the identified target area.

Request for Information responses should be submitted to by 4:00 CDT, Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

Technical assistance will be provided to interested parties on the NDRC and Minnesota’s Request for Information process. Technical assistance sessions include:

  • Thursday, April 9, 2015, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Room 303 Duluth City Hall – Orientation to the RFI
  • Individual technical assistance sessions can be arranged on April 10, 13, 14, 17, and 21 by following this link.

Request for Information

Due May 13, 2015 at 4:00 CDT

Submit your project or share your expertise for making Minnesota a more resilient state.

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