Coastal Incentive Grant Request for Proposals; CRD, GA-DNR

The Request for Proposals for the Coastal Incentive Grant for Cycle 25 is now available!

The CIG Program is a competitive pass-through subgrant program made possible by a grant to GA-DNR from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through Congressional funding pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act.  Each year, the GA Coastal Management Program 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.

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.

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:

  • 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 tocoastal development
    • Identification and preservation of unique community qualities, historical and culturalfeatures, 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

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 December 3, 2021.  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, 2022  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, via online submission portal, by 4:30 pm on February 11th, 2022.  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 2021 if they are preliminarily chosen for funding.  Funding will be dependent upon NOAA approval in July/August 2022 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.

Coastal Incentive Grant Workshops

If you are interested in learning more about the Coastal Incentive Grant and the application process, we invite you to sign up for one of the workshops below:

Oct. 12, 2021, 01:00 PM Eastern Time:

Oct. 13, 2021, 09:00 AM Eastern Time:

Oct. 14, 2021, 03:00 PM Eastern Time:

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