Applying for a Coastal Incentive Grant

Coastal Incentive Grant Request for Proposals 

The Cycle 24 CIG Request for Proposal Pre-applications period will be announced in September 2020.  Stay tuned!

Coastal Incentive Grant Workshop 

Cycle 24 CIG Workshops will be announced in the Fall of 2020. 

Coastal Incentive Grant Application Materials

Please click one of the links below to access the associated document:

Geospatial Metadata Requirement

As per NOAA requirements, all geospatial data provided to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as a CIG project deliverable must include metadata that is compliant with the Federal Geographic Data Content (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM). This metadata is most easily created using ESRI's ArcGIS 10.x software suite (specifically, ArcCatalog).  Click here for instructions on how to create FGDC CSDGM compliant metadata using ArcCatalog 10.1.  Additional resources, including steps for metadata creation in different versions of ArcGIS, are available online at

Pre-Application Review Process

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 due via email by 4:30 pm on the first Friday of December.  Following the submittal of the pre-application, the Pre-Application Review Team will review and competitively rank the pre-applications based on 1) applicability to the Georgia Coastal Management Program, 2) a demonstrated Coastal Need, 3) clear Project Goals, 4) Budget Soundness, 5) an applicant’s Past Performance, and 6) relationship to other federal funding.

After January 10, 2019  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.

Full Application Review Process

Upon invitation, the CIG full applications will be due, by mail or hand deliver, at the front desk of the Brunswick CRD office by 4:30 pm on February 14th.  Full applications are also competitive and will be reviewed, scored and ranked by the CIG Technical Review Committee.  The 5-member CIG Technical Review Committee has representatives from coastal resource management, the scientific/research community, local government, non-governmental organizations, and citizens-at-large.  All applications are scored based on the applicable Project Evaluation Criteria for Research or Non-Research applications.

Applicants will be notified by the Grants Coordinator in early April 2020 if they are preliminarily chosen for funding.  Funding will be dependent upon NOAA approval in July/August 2020 for project terms of 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.

Low-Cost Construction and Land Acquisition Projects (306A)

Applications to support low-cost construction projects or acquisition of real property that provide access to coastal natural resources are accepted under the Coastal Incentive Grant program.  NOAA is currently revising 306A Guidance and Checklist documentation.  More information will be provided as documents are approved.  Applications for low-cost construction or land acquisition projects require a site visit by DNR staff prior to submission of the full application.  Additional requirements to the standard CIG Application for low-cost construction and land acquisition projects are as follows:

  • The Section 306A Construction and Land Acquisition Guidance document describes the Section 306A construction and land acquisition program, eligible project activities, and contains guidance for completion of the Section 306A Questionnaire, clearance letters, and title opinion or certification requirements.  Although this guide is currently in process of updating and approval by NOAA and will be provided upon official approval, please click here for the 1999 version to use at this time.
  • The Section 306A Questionnaire must be completed and returned with your full application (DO NOT sign the cover page).  Although this questionnaire is currently in process of updating and approval by NOAA and will be provided upon official approval, please click here for the 2016 version to use at this time.
  • Prior to beginning construction, all 306A projects must receive clearances from the State Historic Preservation Division and the US Fish and Wildlife Service stating that the proposed construction or land acquisition project will not have a significant impact, or specifying project conditions, upon Historic Resources, Endangered or Threatened Species, or Marine Fish.  For you convenience, form letters for requesting these clearances can be viewed and downloaded here
  • An Attorney Title Opinion or a Certification of Real Property Ownership must be included with your full application (only one of these is necessary).  Please click here to obtain templates of these documents.
  • Site plans and site maps must be included with your full application and illustrate in detail as described in the Section 306A Construction and Land Acquisition Guidance document.