The City of Tuscaloosa will compete for up to $500 million in federal funding as a result of the April 27, 2011 tornado through the National Disaster Resilience Competition.

A press release from the City of Tuscaloosa reads,

The competition is divided into two phases. In phase I, applicants must demonstrate remaining unmet needs in at least one of four categories: housing, infrastructure, economic development and environmental degradation.

Applicants who successfully demonstrate unmet needs as defined by HUD may be invited to participate in phase II, involving project proposals for funding. The main goal of phase II is to demonstrate resiliency—a community’s ability to recover from and withstand future disasters.

Phase I applications must be submitted by March 15. Details regarding public comment for the City of Tuscaloosa’s phase I application will be released in February.

Please visit tuscaloosa.com/recovery or call Tuscaloosa 311 at 205-248-5311 for more information.