Coastal Incentive Grants

Coastal Incentive Grant 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

Coastal Incentive Grant Request for Proposals 

The Request for Proposals for the Coastal Incentive Grant for Cycle 27 is now available!

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 submitted via the online portal 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 12, 2024 the Grants Specialist 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.

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Full Application Review Process

Upon invitation, the CIG Full Applications will be due, via online submission portal, by 4:30 pm on February 9, 2024. 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 Specialist mid-April 2024 if they are preliminarily chosen for funding. Funding will be dependent upon NOAA's approval in August 2024 for project terms of October 1, 2024, through September 30, 2025.  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. Please click here for the April 2023 version.
  • The Section 306A Questionnaire must be completed and returned with your full application (DO NOT sign the cover page).  Please click here for the WordDoc version and here for the PDF version of the checklist which CRD staff will use for their site visit.
  • 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.

2023 Cycle 26 Coastal Incentive Grant Awards (10/1/23 - 9/30/24)

Project Title


Rethinking Runoff – Phase II

City of Brunswick

Filling Critical Data Gaps In The Distribution Of Sand Resources In State Waters To Enhance Coastal Management In Georgia

University of Georgia

Marsh Migration And Blue Carbon: Scientific And Legal Research To Inform Coastal Management University of Georgia
Exploring From Within: A Living Shoreline Exhibit At The UGA Marine Education Center And Aquarium

University of Georgia

Stormwater Education Campaign Needs Assessment

University of Georgia

Reactive & Proactive Response To Climate Change: Chatham County's Code Analysis & Recommended Changes

Chatham County

Establishment Of A Continuous Beach Observation And Real-Time Coastal Inundation Forecasting System (CO-IFS)

University of Georgia

Building Georgia’s Oyster (Crassostrea Virginica) Management Capacity Through Shell Recycling And Novel Mound Reef Restoration University of Georgia

Coastal Incentive Grant StoryMapsStoryMap

Check out these interactive StoryMaps about funded Coastal Incentive Grants! These will be continuously updated so always check back for more information and deliverables.

CIGs 2019-2020 (Cycle 22)

CIGs 2018-2019 (Cycle 21)