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Coastal Incentive Grant Program (CIG)

Grants to Georgia Local Governments for the
Conservation of Wetlands and Coastal Environments

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - Coastal Resources Division (CRD)

LOI Date:

12/01/17

Deadline Date:

02/16/18 4:30 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $80,000 per year to Georgia county and municipal governments to conserve the state’s coastal resources. Pre-applications are due December 1. This program seeks to preserve the natural, historic, environmental, recreational, and archaeological resources for the benefit of Georgia’s present and future generations.

The themes of the 2018-2019 FY Cycle 21 CIG Program as adopted by the CAC are (bulleted items are provided only as examples):

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
-Role of buffers in maintaining function of salt marshes and other coastal waters

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
-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 to coastal development
-Identification and preservation of unique community qualities, historical and cultural features, 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 Authority O.C.G.A. Secs. 12-5-323, 28-5-122.

Construction/Acquisition Projects and Terms:

Allowable construction/acquisition activities are defined under Section 306A of the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Act, and as such are defined by statute. Theme related construction/acquisition projects must abide by the terms and conditions in the most recent version of NOAA’s 306A guidance document. Applicants may be asked to revise scope of work of construction projects to meet eligibility guidelines and/or NOAA’s 306A guidance document. All construction or land acquisition projects must undergo a pre-application site visit by DNR staff prior to submittal of a full application, if invited to submit such. NOAA is currently revising the 306A guidance document and construction/acquisition project terms may be subject to change prior to project start depending on the effective date of the new guidance.

Applicants must meet the objectives and allowable use guidelines under Section 306A of the Coastal Zone Management Act to be considered. At this time, refer to the 1999 Coastal Zone Management Act Section 306A guidance document for full text of objectives and uses. In summary, sub-grants for construction/acquisition projects made under Section 306A may be used for the following activities only:

-The acquisition of fee simple and other interests in land;
-Low-cost construction projects, including but not limited to, paths, walkways, fences, parks, and the rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures;
-The rehabilitation or acquisition of piers to provide increased public use, including compatible commercial activity;
-The establishment of shoreline stabilization measures including the installation or rehabilitation of bulkheads for the purpose of public safety or increasing public access and use;
-The removal or replacement of pilings where such action will provide increased recreational use of urban waterfront areas;
-Engineering designs, specifications, and other appropriate reports related to these activities; and
-Educational, interpretive, and management costs and other related costs NOAA determines to be consistent with the purposes of this section.

Georgia Historic Preservation Division (HPD): All construction projects must obtain a clearance letter from the Georgia HPD stating no significant impact, or specifying project conditions, as required under Section 106 of the federal Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Applications are considered incomplete and the project cannot begin until a clearance letter from HPD has been returned to the DNR- CRD. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the HPD clearance letter as a supporting document of the RFP.

Endangered Species Act: All construction projects must obtain a letter from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) stating there will be no significant impacts, or specifying project conditions, from the proposed project according to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. Applications are considered incomplete and the project cannot begin until a clearance letter from the FWS has been returned to the DNR-CRD. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the FWS clearance letter as a supporting document of the RFP.

NOAA Involvement: All construction project proposals are required to submit a completed 306A Project Questionnaire with their application including documentation in the form of reports, permits, coordination letters from state and federal agencies, maps, and photographs when necessary. Work cannot begin on any construction project until the 306A Project Questionnaire has been reviewed, approved, and signed by NOAA’s Coastal Programs Division Chief and the DNR-CRD.

Additionally, federally funded projects are required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 to assess the environmental impact(s) (Public Law 91-190, as amended; 82 Stat. 852, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 4321-4347). NOAA is responsible for determining and advising whether a proposed sub-grant project is eligible for a categorical exclusion in accordance with NOAA’s NEPA regulations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176210

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for up to $80,000 per year.

Theme related construction/acquisition projects are limited to a federal request of $80,000.

Term of Contract:

The project term is October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

Year 2 (2019 - 2020 FY) of any 2-year proposals preliminarily chosen for funding will be entirely dependent upon the favorable federal approval of NOAA's budget.

Theme related construction/acquisition projects may be up to two (2) year projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Eligible projects must concentrate entirely or be physically located within at least one of the eleven (11) designated Georgia counties within the GCMP service area. GCMP eligible counties include Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Charlton, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, and Wayne.

Equal Opportunity: The applicant must comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and all other state and federal laws of non- discrimination. The applicant must certify that no person shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or physical or mental handicap for any program, activity, or facility sponsored, operated, or constructed under the sub-grant project.

State and Federal Laws/Regulations: The applicant must comply with all existing laws and regulations for receiving and expending state and federal grant money including, but not limited to, public notices, bidding and purchasing requirements, and the Georgia Environmental Policy Act. Proposed projects must comply with existing state and federal environmental laws, rules, and regulations including, but not limited to, the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act, the Shore Protection Act, the Georgia Coastal Management Act, the federal Clean Water Act, the Georgia Clean Water Quality Control Act, the federal Endangered Species Act, and the Georgia Endangered Wildlife Act. If the applicant is a county or municipal government, the applicant must be in compliance with the Georgia Planning Act and be certified as a Qualified Local Government as defined by the Act before any Program funds will be awarded.

Pre-proposal Conference:

CIG workshops were held on:

-October 3rd (10:00 AM) at the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission, 110 E State St, Savannah, GA 31401

-October 11th (10:00 AM) at the Coastal Pines Technical College, 1777 W Cherry St, Jesup, GA 31545

-October 12th (9:00 AM) at the DNR Coastal Regional Headquarters, 1 Conservation Way, Brunsiwck, GA 31520

The CIG Workshop Presentation may be found in the Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

All CIG applications must be matched annually $1.00 federal to $1.00 local (1:1). Match may be either cash from local, state or private sources or “in-kind” service(s).

CIGs are reimbursable sub-grants. Reimbursement will be made following completion of the terms of the sub-grant contract and receipt and performance of all deliverables for each sub-grant year.

All low-cost construction and acquisition projects require a pre-application meeting and site visit by DNR staff.

The 2018-2019 Cycle 21 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 by 4:30 PM, Friday, December 1, 2017.

By January 12, 2018, 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 resubmittal opportunity.

Upon invitation, the 2018-2019 Cycle 21 CIG full applications will be due by 4:30 PM on February 16, 2018.

All applicants will be notified of Committee recommendation by April 30, 2018. All applicants will be notified of final NOAA approval by August 31, 2018.

Timeline:
-December 1, 2017, 4:30 PM: Pre-application deadline
-February 16, 2018, 4:30 PM: Full Application deadline
-August 31, 2018: NOAA approval (anticipated)
-October 1, 2018: Project start date

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Stefanie M. Nagid
(912) 264-7224
Stefanie.nagid@dnr.ga.gov

Georgia DNR-CRD
One Conservation Way
Brunswick, GA 31520

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia: Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Charlton, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, and Wayne Counties