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Coastal Incentive Grant Program (CIG)

Grants to Georgia Agencies, and Educational and
Research Institutions for Conservation in Coastal Areas

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Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - Coastal Resources Division (CRD)

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02/14/20 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $80,000 per year to Georgia agencies, and educational and research institutions to conserve the state’s resources in eligible coastal areas. Pre-applications must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to preserve the natural, historic, environmental, recreational, and archaeological resources for the benefit of Georgia’s present and future generations. GCMP eligible counties include Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Charlton, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, and Wayne.

The themes of the FY 2020-2021 Cycle 23 CIG Program as adopted by the CAC are (bulleted items are provided only as examples):

  • Oceans and Wetlands: 
    • Maintaining or improving the quality of wetlands
    • Conservation and restoration of wetland habitats
    • Improved understanding of ocean and wetland habitats and functions
  • Public Access and Land Conservation: 
    • Add or enhance physical access for the public to coastal water resources (i.e. rivers, wetlands, beaches)
    • Public access planning
    • Conservation of riparian habitats through acquisition
    • Land conservation, preservation, and/or management, especially for sea level rise retreat
    • Analysis of land conservation needs and opportunities for habitat protection
  • Sustainable Communities: 
    • Strengthen local capacity to implement sustainable approaches in planning and development
    • Increase understanding of costs and benefits associated with sustainable approaches to coastal development
    • Identification and preservation of unique community qualities, historical and cultural features, including public education of the above
  • Disaster Resiliency and Coastal Hazards: 
    • Improve understanding of coastal hazards and potential impacts
    • Develop, implement or incorporate adaptation and mitigation strategies/plans or policies
    • Strengthen local capacity to implement FEMA’s Community Rating System
  • Non-Point Source Pollution: 
    • Improvements to existing urban runoff control structures in coastal watersheds
    • Projects that address stormwater quantity and quality improvements utilizing BMPs recommended by the Georgia Coastal Stormwater Supplement
    • No construction projects are eligible under this theme

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176210

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for up to $80,000 per year in a federal fund request so long as the proposed project is related to one or more funding theme priorities.

Theme related construction/acquisition projects are limited to a federal request of $80,000.

Term of Contract:

If selected, CIG Cycle 23 contracts will run for one year beginning October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021. Applications will be accepted for two-year sub-grant requests with the second year of support contingent upon approval and receipt of federal funds. Year 1 funding is not transferable to Year 2, if applicant submits a two (2) year project.

Theme related construction/acquisition projects may be up to two (2) year projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only Georgia Qualified Local Governments (counties and municipalities approved by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs) in the eleven-county coastal area, Georgia state government agencies (except DNR), and Georgia government affiliated educational and research institutions are eligible for a CIG sub-grant award. Applications from other parties will be considered if sponsored by an eligible entity.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Coastal Resources Division will host a workshop at 10:00 AM Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, at the Susan Shipman Environmental Learning Center, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Ga. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the application process and learn about the Coastal Incentive Grant program.

Pre-Application Information:

- December 6, 2019, 4:30 PM: Pre-application deadline
- February 14, 2020, 4:30 PM: Full Application deadline
- August 31, 2020: NOAA approval (anticipated)
- October 1, 2020: Project start date

Pre-applications will be competitively reviewed and only those selected will be invited to submit a full application. Applicants will be notified by January 13, 2020 if they have been selected.

All CIG applications must be matched annually $1.00 federal to $1.00 local (1:1). Match may be either cash from local, state or private sources or “in-kind” service(s).

CIGs are reimbursable sub-grants. A Request for Reimbursement of federal project costs, along with a report of applicable non-federal match, is to be submitted with the Final Report, using the format provided by the DNR. Reimbursement will be made following completion of the terms of the sub-grant contract and receipt and performance of all deliverables for each sub-grant year.

All construction or land acquisition projects must undergo a pre-application site visit by DNR staff prior to submittal of a full application, if invited to submit such.

Pre-applications must be submitted via email.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Mail full proposals to:
Grants Coordinator
Georgia DNR-CRD
One Conservation Way
Brunswick, GA 31520

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia: Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Charlton, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, and Wayne Counties