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National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC)
Norfolk Receives Major Resiliency Funds
Virginia will receive $120.5 million in federal disaster resilience funding, in part to support Norfolk projects. The grant is the largest ever received by the city.
These funds will significantly aid our work to protect the economic vitality and quality of life in areas like Hampton Roads by preparing now for the real impacts of climate change and sea level rise, said Gov. Terry McAuliffe.  Video (Updated 01/27)

Projects funded in Norfolk: Ohio Creek Watershed Transformation  | Coastal Resilience Laboratory and Accelerator Center

About the Grant
Virginia has been selected to advance to the next round of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). In Virginia, the cities of Norfolk and Chesapeake have made the final cut. 

Which Norfolk communities are included in the grant application?  
We are focusing on the Newton's Creek and Ohio Creek watersheds both of which meet all threshold requirements for the competition as defined by HUD. These areas experience frequent flooding because they are built upon creeks that were filled in years ago to create more land. When it rains, water naturally returns to these creek beds.  
Watershed map

Neighborhoods Involved:

  • Tidewater Gardens 
  • Grandy Village
  • Calvert Square
  • Central Brambleton
  • Huntersville
  • Chesterfield Heights
  • Any resident that lives within St. Paul’s Quadrant

Why was Norfolk selected to advance to the next round of the grant competition? 

Norfolk staff and other experts have been studying this area for more than five years.  To pass the first phase, we shared our disaster recovery needs, vulnerabilities, stakeholder interests, resilience, community development objectives and investment alternatives.  From this information, an innovative approach of living with water was developed called thRIVe: Resilience in Virginia.  The key components of this approach are:
  • Unite the Region
  • Create Coastal Resilience
  • Strengthen Vulnerable Neighborhoods
  • Improve Economic Vitality
  • Build Water Management Solutions

What happens if Norfolk wins the grant? 
  • Short term: Should Norfolk be awarded a grant, the money will be used to get started on necessary infrastructure improvements.  This initial work is necessary before any revitalization can begin.
  • Long term:  Over time, the plan is not to just reduce flooding.  Rather, it is a comprehensive plan to make neighborhoods resilient and livable; this includes providing connectivity and access to the waterfront for all.

What can you do to help Norfolk compete for the grant?  
  1. Review the proposal.  
  2. Share your thoughts on the proposal.  Consider if we have accurately captured input from the community or if there is something more you would like us to know.
  3. Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do the same.

If you have questions – please email

For more information about the Competition