Palmetto Dunes Cares – Giving back while building a sense of community



Palmetto Dunes Cares is seeking grant applications for its 2022 grant program.  In the 2022 grant-making process we are looking to provide grants to organizations providing services to citizens impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The focus will be in the areas of food, housing, children and the aged. We will also continue to support environmental projects.

CLICK HERE FOR A GRANT APPLICATION. Grants are due by February 1, 2022.


To support the charitable interest for all those who live, invest, work, and play in the Palmetto Dunes community.


To provide resources and grants which benefit the greater Hilton Head Island area.


Established in 2018 by residents of the Palmetto Dunes Resort Community. Our targeted areas of interest for giving include health, environment, arts and culture, community development and education to help support charitable interests within the Hilton Head community. Funds raised by Palmetto Dunes Cares are awarded as grants through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry (CFL). The CFL is a 501©(3) organization and currently manages over 300 local funds. Palmetto Dunes residents have input and involvement in the process of awarding grants.

Our Goal is that a charitable fund will create a closer sense of community among our full-time residents, investment property owners, and commercial businesses. Our aim is to show that Palmetto Dunes Cares through contributions to the greater needs of our community.


Palmetto Dunes Cares is funded by donations and events such as the annual Turtle Trot 5k and Turtle Talks.

Turtle Trot
The Turtle Trot 5k is a family-friendly fun run series held on the beach in Palmetto Dunes in June, July and August on Wednesday mornings and on Thanksgiving morning. Please contact us if you’re interested in helping out. What a great opportunity to meet and interact with your neighbors, our staff, and guests of our community! You can also participate in the race! The 3.1-mile course may be run (or walked) by any who live, work, invest, or play here!

This family‐friendly run/walk is held each week on the beach. Registration is online only and is $25 prior to race day and $35 day of the race. Registration includes a t-shirt. Kids under 12 run for free and can purchase at t-shirt for $10. All races begin at 8am.

Register to run in the 2021 Thanksgiving Turtle Trot 5k!

Turtle Talk
Turtle Talk – The talk will educate participants on what they can do to help preserve Hilton Head Island’s hatching sea turtles and learn what is happening on our nesting beach. The program, designed for both visitors and residents, is fun and educational and appropriate for all ages.  Cost to attend is $20 per person, pre-registration required, capacity is limited, and all children under the age of 12 need adult supervision. The Turtle Talks will be held June-August on Wednesday nights on the beach.  Online registration is required and this event sells out every week!

Event Notes: You will need to be able to walk out on the beach, so those with mobility challenges might have difficulty. If you have problems standing for a long period of time or sitting in the sand, please bring a chair. The Turtle Talk is best-enjoyed by adults and children ages eight and older, but all children over the age of two are required to purchase a ticket to attend.


Volunteers are needed to help us achieve our philanthropic goals. You may want to only work a few events or serve on a committee or board. This is a good opportunity to meet your neighbors, give back to our greater Hilton Head community, and share your talents. Contact us if you’re interested.

If you are not here most of the time you can still contribute by sending a donation through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry earmarked for Palmetto Dunes Cares.


Since inception in 2018, Palmetto Dunes cares has awarded $92,070 to local non-profits. Funds raised by Palmetto Dunes Cares are awarded as grants through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry (CFL) a 501(c)(3) organization managing over 300 local funds.

In 2021, Palmetto Dunes Cares was honored to award $35,600 in grants to thirteen organizations – all having been directly impacted by COVID.

The 2021 Grant recipients include:

  • Backpack Buddies
    Serving approximately 500 children, their goal is to eradicate childhood hunger on Hilton Head. Their food delivery program provides a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack for the weekend to children in need. Due to the pandemic, they have supplemented those deliveries with grocery store gift cards.
  • Bluffton Community Soup Kitchen
    Since 2011, prepares, serves, and delivers meals to those in need in our community. Those needs have grown exponentially due to the pandemic, and they have responded with increased hot meal delivery and expanded the outdoor food pantry.
  • Family Promise
    The Safe Shelter project provides food and shelter to homeless families with children. Normally, over 30 churches provide meals and a place to stay, but due to COVID, the families are housed in an extended stay hotel. Grocery store gift cards are provided as well. This model will likely continue through 2021.
  • Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour
    Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour provides transportation to island residents who no longer can drive, but wish to live in their own home, especially as they age.
  • Hospice Care of the Lowcountry
    Hospice Care of the Lowcountry works to give comfort, honor and dignity for end-of- life patients and their families through compassionate physical, emotional and spiritual care, regardless of their financial circumstances. This task has been made much more difficult because of the COVID environment.
  • Lowcountry Autism Foundation
    Lowcountry Autism Foundation works to provide support to families with children suffering from autism. Their mission is to fill gaps in service and support by providing programming at no cost.
  • Lowcountry Legal Volunteers
    Lowcountry Legal Volunteers provides free legal counsel, representation, and education to low-income residents with regard to their rights regarding fair housing, child care, child support, and custody issues.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Lowcountry
    NAMI provides free mental health education, support and resources for individuals and families who are dealing with stress, anger, anxiety, and depression, and all those affected by mental health conditions, situations exacerbated by COVID.
  • NOC (Neighborhood Outreach Connection)
    NOC works to help high-risk children from low-income households and neighborhoods perform at their respective grade levels in math, reading, and language arts. As a collaborative effort with Backpack Buddies, twice a week, children in the NOC tutoring program take-home bags of fresh produce.
  • Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head
    Sea Turtle Patrol Hilton Head Island monitors Hilton Head Island beaches for sea turtle nesting and hatching activity annually, May through October, to promote the existence of these endangered species and to spread awareness of their struggle through public education and outreach.
  • Second Helpings
    Second Helpings engages volunteers to rescue food from grocery stores and other outlets. They are the only agency in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton counties authorized to rescue food. They deliver it the same day, at no cost, to food pantries and other local nonprofit agencies to feed the hungry in the South Carolina Low Country.
  • The Children’s Center
    The Children’s Centers’ mission is to provide affordable, high-quality early education and childcare services for working families throughout the Low Country. The Children’s Center strives to be the standard of excellence for child development and care while enabling parents to fully participate in the workforce. Their goal is to ensure that every child is ready to achieve success upon entering kindergarten.
  • The Literacy Center
    The Literacy Center serves the community’s social and economic needs through empowering adults to become proficient in English. They help develop a literate workforce, educate students to qualify for the GED, become citizens and prepare individuals for community engagement. They work to break the intergenerational cycle of low literacy and poverty.


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