Georgia Sea Grant's federal funds are matched 50% by state money.
In 1966, the National Sea Grant College Program was created by a Congressional act to support the productive and sustainable use of our coastal, marine and Great Lakes resources. Georgia Sea Grant was established in 1971 and is housed at the University of Georgia. The National Sea Grant College Program is located in Silver Springs, Maryland, and resides within the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
In 2015, the U.S. Congress appropriated $67.3 million to the National Sea Grant College Program. As one of 33 programs in the coastal and Great Lakes states, Georgia Sea Grant received $1.3 million of this amount in 2014. These funds are administered at the University of Georgia and are matched 50% by state money. The program distributes these funds throughout the state to support research, education and outreach projects at universities and institutions, encouraging collaboration amongst government, academia and industry. Much of Georgia Sea Grant’s funds go directly into scientific research on Georgia’s coastal resources. The remainder is used for communications, outreach, education and administrative activities.