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Coastal Incentive Grant Program (CIG)

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

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

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02/12/21 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $80,000 per year to Georgia governmental agencies, and educational and research institutions to conserve the state’s resources in eligible coastal areas. Applicants must submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to preserve the natural, historic, environmental, recreational, and archaeological resources of the state. GCMP eligible counties include Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Charlton, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, and Wayne. Low-cost construction projects or acquisition of real property that provide access to coastal natural resources are accepted under this program.

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

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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:

Project terms are October 1st through September 30th. Year 2 of any 2-year proposals preliminarily chosen for funding will be entirely dependent upon the favorable federal approval of NOAA's budget.

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:

Cycle 24 CIG Workshops will be held virtually on the following dates:

- Friday, October 9th at 1:00 P.M.
- Tuesday, October 13th at 9:00 A.M.
- Friday, October 16th at 12:00 P.M.

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Pre-Application Information:

The pre-application period opens on November 1, 2020. Pre-applications are due by Friday, December 4, 2020, at 4:30 P.M. via the online portal

After January 10, 2021, the Grants Coordinator will provide all applicants with either an invitation to submit a full application or a pre-application denial letter. Either letter will also provide Pre-Application Review Team feedback to the applicant with information that may improve their full application or future re-submittal opportunity.

Upon invitation, the CIG full applications will be due, via the online submission portal, by 4:30 pm on February 12, 2021.

The anticipated approval date is August 31, 2021.

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.

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.

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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Direct questions to:
Beth Tasciotti, Grants Coordinator
Georgia Coastal Management Program
Department of Natural Resources-Coastal Resources Division
One Conservation Way
Brunswick, Georgia 31520-8687
Phone: (912) 262-3048

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Geographic Focus:

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

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