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

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Coastal Incentive Grant (CIG) Program

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

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #176210

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $80,000 per year to Georgia government agencies, and educational and research institutions for environmental conservation projects in eligible areas. Applicants must submit a pre-application prior to applying. Funding is intended to preserve the natural, historic, environmental, recreational, and archaeological resources of the state. The Coastal Incentive Grant (CIG) Program service area includes Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Charlton, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, and Wayne counties. 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 2023-2024 Cycle 26 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, and 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

For information about construction and acquisition projects, see:

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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-Application Information:

The Coastal Incentive Grant opportunity will involve a competitive pre-application process followed by an invitation only competitive full application process. Pre-applications will be submitted via the online portal by 4:30 pm on Friday, December: December 2, 2022.

After January 13, 2023, the Grants Coordinator will provide all applicants with either an invitation to submit a full application or a pre-application denial letter. Upon invitation, the CIG full applications will be due by 4:30 pm on February 10, 2023.

All applicants will be notified of the Committee’s recommendation by April 28, 2023. All applicants will be notified of the final NOAA approval by August 31, 2023.

The Section 306A Questionnaire must be completed and returned with your full application (do not sign the cover page).

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).

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

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Additional Funding Information:

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.

Term of Contract:

If selected, CIG Cycle 26 contracts will run for one year beginning October 1, 2023, through September 30, 2024. 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 the applicant submits a two (2) year project.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Jan Mackinnon, Grants Coordinator
Georgia Coastal Management Program
Department of Natural Resources-Coastal Resources Division
One Conservation Way
Brunswick, Georgia 31520-8687
Phone: (912) 264-7218

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