Palmetto Dunes Cares

Now Accepting 2021 Grant Applications!

In the 2021 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 health, education and human services. Applicants should explain how they will support those who have suffered extensive loss of access to health care, food or housing.
Click here for the grant application. Applications are due by February 1, 2021.

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

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.

About Palmetto Dunes Cares

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.


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

Turtle Trot
Thanksgiving Turtle Trot! We are hosting our first Thanksgiving Turtle Trot on Thanksgiving Day-November 26, 2020! Click here to sign up!

The Turtle Trot 5k is a family-friendly fun run series held in Palmetto Dunes April, June, July and August on Wednesday mornings. 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!

Turtle Talk

Running June through August, Palmetto Dunes Cares hosts a weekly Turtle Talk starting from the Dunes House. The nighttime Turtle Talks are led by Marine Biologist Amber Kuehn. She educates 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. The Turtle Talks are held from 8-9pm, limited to 50 participants and all children under the age of 12 need adult supervision. Online registration is required and this event sells out every week!

Seeking Volunteers

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.

PD Cares Grant Recipients


Palmetto Dunes Cares awarded over $39,000 in grants to 15 recipients, as well as an additional $5,000 to the Low Country COVID-19 Response Fund. Our Food Drive provided 1500 pounds of food, plus an additional $1960 in donations, to the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry.

The 2020 Grant recipients include:

  • Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
  • Backpack Buddies
  • Bluffton Community Soup Kitchen
  • Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour
  • The Literacy Center
  • Memory Matters
  • Operation R&R
  • Outside Foundation
  • Project Safe
  • The Sandbox
  • Sea Turtle Patrol
  • Second Helpings
  • Turtle Trackers
  • Volunteers in Medicine (VIM)