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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
  • November: CIG Letter of Intent due
  • January: CIG Application due
  • March: CIG Technical Review Committee Meeting (application ranking)
  • April: GDNR grant application due to NOAA (including recommended CIG subgrants)
  • July: NOAA approves GDNR application
  • August/September: GDNR and CIG applicant sign subgrant award contracts for start date of October 1st 


2017-2018 FY Cycle 20 CIG Request for Proposals

The 2017-2018 Cycle 20 CIG Request for Proposals will be announced in September 2016.


2016-2017 Cycle 19 CIG Recipients

  • Will be announced in September 2016!


Coastal Incentive Grant Open Subgrant Awards

  • 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
  • City of Brunswick - Storm-water Utility Feasibility Study, Year 2: $15,000
  • GA Southern University Research and Service Foundation - Evaluation of the role of groundwater and elevation on marsh dieback development and recovery, Year 2: $22,436
  • UGA Research Foundation - Improving habitat classification, hazard mitigation and navigation in coastal Georgia with a state-of-the-art bathymetric sonar system-Phase II, Year 2: $55,844
  • UGA MAREX - Septic system inventory in Glynn and Long Counties, GA, Year 2: $70,068
  • University of Georgia - Increasing eastern oyster aquaculture production in Georgia through establishment of an in-state oyster hatchery, Year 2: $73,792
  • GA Regents University - A holistic assessment of Noyes Cut on the Satilla River estuary, Year 1: $54,123
  • 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 1: $28,009
  • Glynn County - Coastal Litter Prevention Program: $20,000
  • University of Georgia - Leveraging existing public information and mapping resources: A focused approach to increasing CRS participation and ratings in Georgia, Year 1: $46,695
  • 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 1: $65,849
  • City of Tybee Island - Carrying Capacity Study: $30,000
  • Chatham County/Savannah MPC - Smart Design Parking Lots: $38,000
  • McIntosh County - Countywide CRS program for McIntosh County and the City of Darien, Year 1: $48,000
  • Brantley County - Innovative resource management through enhanced web-based mapping applications: $53,012
  • McIntosh County - Barrington Park Dock Rehabilitation: $22,000
  • City of Springfield - Ebenezer Greenway-Log Landing Access: $33,500
  • City of Savannah - Woodville/Dundee Canal Walking Trail: $49,370
  • Savannah State University - A new technology to quantify and to predict the loss or recovery of marsh vegetation using rhizome viability index, Year 1: $60,000
  • UGA MAREX - Septic system inventory in Glynn and Long Counties, Georgia, Year 1: $73,664


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