Grant Opportunities

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Boating Infrastructure Grant Program Logo of SOBA

The Boating Infrastructure Grant program was established in 1998 using funds from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. Public entities and private sector marina owners, operators and developers can apply through the state for grants for the construction, renovation, or maintenance of boating infrastructure for transient recreational vessels at least 26 ft. long that are used primarily for pleasure. There are two grant levels. Tier 1 grants are small projects and the decision to fund is at the state level. Tier 2 grants are large projects and are chosen by a national ranking team and are highly competitive. 

Announcements: The annual grant cycle is open for requests in August and decisions for funding are announced around March each spring. 


Contact: Lorene Reid, Federal Assistance Coordinator  |  912-264-7218

Clean Vessel Act Grant Program - Currently Accepting ApplicationsClean Vessel Act logo

The Clean Vessel Act Grant Program was established to provide funding to States to construct, renovate, operate, and maintain pumpout stations and waste reception facilities for recreational boaters and to inform boaters about the use, benefits, and availability of pumpout stations and waste reception facilities. 

Announcements: Funding is currently available for Clean Vessel Act grants. 


Contact: Lorene Reid, Federal Assistance Coordinator  |  912-264-7218

Coastal Incentive Grants Program  Georgia Coastal Management Program Logo

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

Announcements: The 2019-2020 grant application period is now closed. 


Contact: Lori Harlin, Grants Coordinator  |  912-262-3048

Georgia Heritage Grant Program

The Georgia Heritage Grant Program offers matching funds on a statewide competitive basis to local governments and nonprofit organizations (except for churches and other religious organizations) for the preservation of Georgia Register and National Register-eligible historic properties. 

Announcements: The SFY 2017 grant cycle has now closed.


Contact: Allison Asbrock, Outreach Program Manager and Grants Coordinator  |  770-389-7868

Georgia Outdoor Stewardship ProgramGeorgia Outdoor Stewardship Act Logo

The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act is a grant program that provides funding to support parks and trails and provide stewardship and acquisition of critical conservation lands. Grant and loan funds will be available for local governments, state agencies and nongovernmental organizations with conservation mission. 

Announcements: The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act becomes effective July 1, 2019. Continue to check our website for more details. 


Contact: Taylor Brown, Grants Unit Supervisor  |  404-463-8601

Georgia Wildlife Viewing Grants Program 

The DNR Wildlife Resources Division’s Wildlife Viewing Grants Program provides small grants for wildlife viewing projects that increase awareness and appreciation of the state’s nongame wildlife, rare native plants and natural habitats, with an emphasis on species and habitats considered a high priority for conservation in the State Wildlife Action Plan. Grants are available for local governments, non-profit or not-for-profit organizations, and for-profit entities.

Announcements: The 2019 Georgia Wildlife Viewing Grants application period has now closed. 


Contact: Rick Lavender, program coordinator   |   706.557.3327

Historic Preservation Fund Grant 

The Historic Preservation Fund Grant provides pass-through grant funding to Certified Local Governments. Eligible survey and planning activities include surveys, National Register nominations, design guidelines, brochures, web site development, heritage education materials, workshops/conferences, etc. Eligible predevelopment projects include activities such as historic structure reports, preservation plans, or architectural drawings and specifications.

Announcements: The 2019 HPF Grant Cycle has now closed. 


Contact: Allison Asbrock, Outreach Program Manager and Grants Coordinator  |  770-389-7868

Land & Water Conservation Fund Land and Water Conservation Fund Logo

The Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program helps state and local governments acquire and develop recreation lands and rehabilitate outdoor recreation facilities. 

Announcements: The period to submit an application for the 2018-2019 Land and Water Conservation Fund funding cycle is now closed. Please check back for more information about our next cycle. 


Contact: Antoinette Norfleet, Grants Program Manager  |  770-389-7264

Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program

August 8, 2018 - The Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce that Hall County and the City of Roswell will continue their pursuit for grant funds. Both Hall County’s Athens Street Park project and the City of Roswell’s Ace Sand Park project have been selected to compete nationally for grant funds ranging from $250,000 to $750,000. The national awards are expected to be announced by the National Park Service in March 2019.

Congratulations and good luck Hall County and City of Roswell!

Announcements: The period to submit an application for the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program is now closed.


Contact: Antoinette Norfleet, Grants Program Manager  |  770-389-7264

Recreational Trails Program 

The Recreational Trails Program provides funding for trail construction, trail maintenance and trail education to city and county governments, federal agencies, authorized commissions, as well as state agencies. 

Announcements: Workshops for those interested in applying for the 2019-2020 Recreational Trails Program will be held in August 2019. The application period will open fall 2019. Continue to check our website for more details. 


Contact: Jodie Gardner, Recreational Trails Program Manager   |  404-463-1779