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Coastal Incentive Grants

Coastal Incentive Grant Program

Georgia's Coastal Management Program (GCMP) is administered under authority of the Georgia Coastal Management Act, OCGA 12-5-320 et. seq.  In accordance with that statute, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GDNR) is designated as the lead agency to cooperate with other agencies in implementing the GCMP through a networked process.  The mission of the GCMP is to balance economic development in Georgia's coastal area with preservation of natural, environmental, historic, archaeological and recreational resources for the benefit of Georgia's present and future generations.  The GDNR Coastal Resources Division administers the GCMP and carries out a number of programs in direct support of GCMP objectives, including the administration of the Coastal Incentive Grant (CIG) Program.

The CIG Program is a competitive pass-through subgrant program made possible by a grant to GDNR from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through Congressional funding pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act.  Each year, the GCMP allocates a portion of its federal funding to the Coastal Incentive Grants.  These subgrants may be awarded to qualified county and municipal governments, regional commissions, state-affiliated research or educational institutions, or state agencies (except GDNR), provided the project takes place entirely within the eleven-county service area of the program.  The CIG Program service area includes Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Charlton, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Wayne counties.  The program cycle that makes this opportunity possible is indicated below, however the CIG Public Notice should be read every year when advertised for program specific details.

The CIG Program Cycle:

  • July: Coastal Advisory Council Annual Meeting (establishes CIG themes and conditions)
  • August: GDNR Board of Natural Resources approves CIG Public Notice
  • September: Advertisement of CIG Public Notice
  • December: CIG Pre-Application Due (competitive)
  • January: CIG Pre-Application Review Team Meeting 
  • February: CIG Full Application Due (by invitation only)
  • March: CIG Technical Review Committee Meeting (full application ranking)
  • April: GDNR grant application due to NOAA (including recommended CIG subgrants)
  • July/August: NOAA approves GDNR application
  • August/September: GDNR and CIG applicant sign subgrant award contracts for start date of October 1st 


2018-2019 FY Cycle 21 CIG Request for Proposals and Workshop Schedule

The 2018-2019 Cycle 21 CIG Request for Proposals and Application Instructions will be available in September 2017.


2017-2018 Cycle 20 CIG Recipients

  • Coming soon!


Coastal Incentive Grant Open Subgrant Awards

  • Augusta University - A holistic assessment of Noyes Cut on the Satilla River estuary, Year 2: $1,200
  • UGA Research Foundation - Nesting turtles in manmade habitats: Innovative approaches to assessing the biological value of managing developed landscapes and engaging the public as a means of mitigation, Year 2: $31,695
  • University of Georgia - Leveraging existing public information and mapping resources: A focused approach to increasing CRS participation and ratings in Georgia, Year 2: $47,642
  • GA Southern University Research and Service Foundation - Molecular identification of the sources of non-point pollution and microbial risk assessment upon exposure to recreational waters at Jekyll Island beaches, Year 2: $62,821
  • McIntosh County - Countywide Community Rating System Program for McIntosh County and the City of Darien, Year 2: $48,000
  • UGA Research Foundation - Improving habitat classification, hazard mitigation, and navigation in coastal Georgia with a state-of-the-art bathymetric sonar system-Phase III, Year 1: $79,475
  • UGA Research Foundation - Re-analysis of estuarine dissolved oxygen data collected by GA DNR and EPD: Evaluating coastal weather as a driver of low DO episodes in Georgia's estuaries: $40,035
  • Chatham County/Savannah MPC - Red Zone Water Supply Management Plan: $65,000
  • Town of Thunderbolt - Town Park and Greenway Connection for the City of Thunderbolt: $25,000
  • UGA Research Foundation - Geospatial integration to advance management in coastal Georgia, Year 1: $65,522
  • Jekyll Island State Park Authority - Modeling restoration outcomes for Fortson Pond, a fragment of the former First Creek tidal system on Jekyll Island: $25,233
  • UGA Research Foundation - Black Gill in the Southeast Shrimp Fishery, Year 1: $59,151
  • City of Richmond Hill - Coastal Access Plan for the Jerico River: $46,500
  • University of Georgia - Septic System Inventory in Effingham and Camden counties, Georgia, Year 1: $32,097
  • McIntosh County - McIntosh County Disaster Recovery and Redevelopment Plan: $45,000
  • Effingham County - Steel Bridge Landing Improvements: $30,000
  • Effingham County - Abercorn Landing Boat Ramp Improvements: $25,000
  • Savannah State University - A new technology to quantify and to predict the loss or recovery of marsh vegetation using rhizome viability index, Year 2: $60,000 (Cycle 18)
  • UGA MAREX - Septic system inventory in Glynn and Long Counties, GA, Year 2: $70,068 (Cycle 18)
  • Glynn County - Coastal Litter Prevention Program: $20,000 (Cycle 18)


Coastal Incentive Grant Closed Subgrant Awards

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Questions regarding the Coastal Incentive Grant Program should be directed to:
Stefanie M. Nagid
Grants Coordinator