RISE : NYC was open to local, national and international applicants alike. Potential applicants included the developers, manufacturers, or providers of new resiliency technologies and solutions, as well as property owners, managers, and businesses with projects for installation on their buildings or networks.

Applicants included:

  • Developers, manufacturers or providers of technologies or applications, such as engineering or design firms, equipment manufacturers, or software developers (Note: registered sole-proprietors who develop or install resiliency technologies or solutions were also eligible)
  • Business or property owners that identified an innovative technology and a project team to deploy the solution at their site
  • Not-for-profit organizations, such as a research institutions or local development corporations, that have developed a resiliency technology or solution or were interested in working to deploy a technology
  • These are just some of the most common applicant types – the competition welcomed applicant teams structured differently than those above. Additionally, applicants can were allowed to submit multiple projects, and firms could participate on multiple project teams.

    Please note that private utilities were prohibited from receiving Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding through this program.


Eligible projects included innovative technologies or other solutions to improve the resiliency of buildings or networks in one of the Target Areas impacted by Sandy (see below), and in doing so, would benefit small businesses. These technologies included measures that improve flood-resistance or flood-resilience, enable systems to fail gracefully, expedite recovery, or support the continuation of services during a storm or other similar event.

Eligible projects improve the resiliency of:

  • Building systems, such as fire protection systems, electrical equipment, heating, ventilation, and air condition systems, plumbing equipment, etc.; or
  • Infrastructure networks:
    • Energy infrastructure
      • Electric power
      • Natural gas
      • Steam
      • Liquid fuels
    • Telecommunications
      • Wired communication infrastructure (e.g. cable, broadband, phones)
      • Wireless infrastructure (e.g. mobile phone networks)
      • Data platforms (e.g. data centers, software, cloud technologies)

All awards must be used for eligible CDBG-DR economic development activities and may cover eligible project costs including site assessment, environmental review, planning, materials, and installation. Research and development activities were not eligible uses for award funds.

Small Business Benefit

The ultimate beneficiaries of all winning projects are small businesses. Funds awarded through this competition will be used to implement projects that improve the resilience of small businesses that:

  • benefit from the technology or solution being deployed, at no cost to them; and
  • are located in Target Areas directly or indirectly impacted by Superstorm Sandy (defined below).

Qualification as a small business is based on definitions established by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in 13 CFR Part 121. Click here for additional information.

All projects identified at least one site in one of the Target Areas detailed below.

Target Areas

Target Areas in which projects can be deployed – many of which are shown here – are defined as locations that:

  • Sustained physical damage as a result of Superstorm Sandy; or
  • Were located in the area inundated by Superstorm Sandy and can demonstrate direct or indirect impact from the storm; or
  • Sustained a loss of power or utility service as a result of Superstorm Sandy; or
  • Are located within the 100-year floodplain as shown on the most recent FEMA maps and are therefore evaluating whether to continue or expand operations