Grant Opportunities


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: Steven Partin, grant 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: Steven Partin, grant 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: For more information, visit

Contact: Shy Duncan, Grants Specialist  |  912-264-7218

Georgia Conservation Tax Credit Program

The Georgia Conservation Tax Credit is a financial incentive for landowners to help protect Georgia’s natural resources.Landowners who donate fee-title lands or permanent conservation easements to a government entity, state agency, or a Land Trust Alliance-accredited land trust may apply for a credit against their state income taxes.

Announcements: The tax credit expires December 31, 2021.


Contact: Chris Canalos, Georgia Conservation Tax Credit Program Manager  | 706-557-3225

Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program

The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program 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 2023-2024 Pre-application period is currently open and will close on October 13, 2023.


2022-2023 Selections: 

Grants Awarded for Conservation and Outdoor Recreation



Contact: Soheila Naji, Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program Coordinator  |  404-463-8570

Georgia Wildlife Viewing Grants Program - Currently Accepting Applications

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 2022 application period is currently open and will close on January 7, 2022. The online application can be accessed here:



Contact: Rick Lavender, program coordinator   |   706.557.3327

Land & Water Conservation Fund logo

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program is a federal program authorized by Congress for the purpose of acquiring federal lands and assisting states and local governments with funds to acquire lands and develop and renovate outdoor recreation facilities.  LWCF funds are appropriated by Congress to the U. S. Department of the Interior, National Parks Service (NPS), and NPS allocates the funds through state agencies as a grant program to state and local governments.  For more information click here


Announcements: On April 1, 2023, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will launch the 2022-2023 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant cycle. Applications will be accepted from April 1 through May 31, 2023. For more information click here

2022-2023 Funding cycle announcement



If you submitted an application before the May 31, 2023 deadline and need to submit any of the following documents (resolution, site plan, boundary map, transmittal letter), please email the documents to


We are only accepting the documents mentioned above.

We are not accepting changes/revisions to documents that were already submitted.

Each document should be saved and submitted as its own file (example resolution and site plan are submitted as 2 separate files named accordingly).

You cannot upload the documents in the submission portal   They must be emailed to DNR staff for uploading.

After DNR staff have uploaded the documents, you will be able to see the upload in the system.

If you have any questions, contact our office.


Contact: Antoinette Norfleet, Grants Program Manager  |  404-463-8629

Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program 

November 1, 2022- The Department of Interior-National Park Service announced the sixth round of the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program.  ORLP is a national competitive park grant program with a specific focus on economically-disadvantaged communities.  The sixth round is comprised of sub rounds A and B.  Due to time constraints, the Department of Natural Resources will not be participating in round A which has a deadline of January 31, 2023. A total of $192 million is available for round 6.  Grants will range from $300,000 to $10,000,000 and require a 1:1 non-federal match.

Round B applications are due to NPS on May 31, 2023.  In order to meet NPS’ deadline, applications are due to the Department of Natural Resources Grants Unit by 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2023.

Click here for more information. 


Contact: Antoinette Norfleet, Grants Program Manager  |  404-463-8629

Recreational Trails Program 

The Recreational Trails Program provides funding for the construction and rehabilitation of trails and directly related trailhead facilities.  Qualified Local Governments, federal agencies, and state agencies are invited to apply.

Announcements: We will be accepting Pre-applications for the 2023-2024 funding cycle starting on September 1, 2023 - November 1, 2023. 

2023-2024 Funding Cycle Announcement 


Contact: Ouicia Jolly, Recreational Trails Program Coordinator  |  404-463-1779