Providing Philanthropic Support for Non-profit Groups and Service Organizations
The Landings Landlovers was established in 1974. Its purpose is to promote fellowship through social and cultural activities while working towards the continued improvement of community life at The Landings and Skidaway Island. Our goal is to provide philanthropic support for non-profit groups and service organizations that provide cultural and educational programs for us to enjoy, tend to our health and safety, and beautify our environment.
All grant applicants must be a non-profit or service organization with a commitment to volunteerism. Applications will not be accepted for individual requests, travel expenses, salaries, stipends, operating costs or political or religious activities. The deadline for applications is March 14, 2022. Any organization which has not completed its grant evaluation for the previous year’s funding will not be considered for a grant. For further information, please contact Marian Mackle (404.290.9760 or LLpresident22@gmail.com).
Landlovers Grants are distributed in May.
Categories for Landlovers Grants are:
1. Social services for adults and children
2. Nature and environmental projects
3. Health and safety projects
4. Educational and cultural projects
Criteria for receiving Landlovers Grants are:
1. Organizations must be non-profit or service organization and have a commitment to volunteerism.
2. Applications will not be accepted for individual requests, travel
expenses, salaries, stipends, operating costs or political or
3. If funding is granted, a description of any previous year’s grant must be submitted prior to any new application.
2019-2020 Grant Recipients
Chatham County Family Justice Center–Newly formed non profit organization for helping victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. The center offers comprehensive assistance by bringing all service providers together so that all needs can be addressed.
Coastal Conservation Association (CCA)-Partially fund the annual free Kid’s Fishing Derby. The money goes toward providing tackle and bait, stocking the lagoons, feeding the fish, monitoring water quality, and awarding prizes.
Living Independence for Everyone, Inc-Help fund a home modification program for individuals with disabilities so they can live more independently. People who need a modification in their home or a piece of assistive technology can apply for support.
Salvation Army-Help fund a second shelter at the community center for the ”shelter in place” orders. The money helps to provide three meals a day to sheltered individuals and feed an additional 75-100 walk up meal requests.
Toys for Tots-Marines’ program to provide toys for children during the holidays.
Previous Grants in Action
Watch this page for information on our grant recipients and their projects. Learn the stories behind the projects and celebrate the results of Landlovers’ Philanthropy as we “Enrich the Community We Love!”
The “turtle project” began with the initiative of one person. From the back deck of Carolyn McInerney’s home, she looked toward the marsh and spotted a turtle making a mad dash for a nearby sand bunker. She followed and saw that the turtle had laid eggs. However, when Carolyn returned the next morning, she found nothing but broken shells.
Carolyn didn’t know a thing about turtles, so naturally she googled to get information. She discovered that these turtles are called “Diamondbacks” because of the distinctive pattern on their shells. Each Diamondback has a unique diamond pattern in the same way that humans have unique fingerprints. The female turtles return to the location of their birth, often laying eggs in the same spot in which they were born.
This turtle project is now known as the Skidaway Audubon Diamondback Terrapin Rescue Project. It involves retrieving the eggs from sand bunkers and relocating them to predator protected nesting boxes. In 60-70 days, the eggs hatch and the newborn hatchlings are released into the high marsh where they will live for about three years before making their way out to the brackish tidal creeks, rivers, and the intracoastal waterway. If left to Mother Nature, approximately 1% of the turtles would be expected to survive. Due to this project, the hope is that approximately 20% will live to return another season.
Landlovers grants have funded creation of interpretive signage providing information about the Diamondbacks. Signs are located on what is now called the Terrapin Point golf course. And, yes, the new name of this course is a testament to the turtle project.
Boy Scout Troop 57
Boy Scout Troop 57 here on Skidaway Island combines outdoor experiences for the scouts with the development of positive personal qualities. The scouts participate in weekly meetings at Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church and go on periodic regional camping trips, sometimes traveling as far away as Minnesota and Maine for canoeing/portaging trips. This summer, they had the opportunity to go to Philmont, a 140,000 acre ranch in mountainous northern New Mexico dedicated to Boy Scouts for backpacking, camping and exploration of the out of doors.
The Troop fosters 1) leadership skills, as older scouts have the responsibility to lead the troop and train the younger scouts; 2) communication skills, as scouts must appear before an adult board to explain their progress and their projects for advancement in the scouting ranks; and 3) a community consciousness as the scouts regularly take on local service projects. One of their annual projects is to assist with clean-up following the Landlovers Flea Market. Troop 57 is eager to hear from community groups about additional projects they might undertake.
Troop 57 consists of about thirty scouts, aged 11 – 17. Most live on Skidaway, but some are from nearby off-island locations, and a very small number come from downtown or as far away as Pooler. This active scout group has produced 60 Eagle Scouts since its beginning in 1989. For more information, please see the troop’s website: www.troop57savannah.com.
Over the past few years, Landlovers has provided Troop 57 grant money to purchase a trailer and camping equipment. This year the scouts received a grant for a barbeque smoker/cooker & accessories which will be used to cook a larger quantity of Boston Butts as part of their yearly fundraising activities. The additional smoker/cooker will double their fundraising capabilities, which in turn will generate more money to help the scouts grow in personal qualities, community consciousness, and outdoor proficiency. While each scout pays $200 per year, additional funds help pay transportation costs, fuel, equipment for expeditions, and grants for those scouts who may not be able to afford to pay the annual fee. Boy Scout Troup 57 is extremely appreciative of the ongoing support received from the Landlovers.
Skidaway Island Cemetery Signage
Colonial settlement of Skidaway Island began just a year after James Oglethorpe founded Savannah. Among our island’s historic sites are two cemeteries which have appropriate signage, thanks to a Landlovers’ grant. One gravesite is located on Oakridge #15 and is believed to contain the burial places of Alice “Elcy” Waters who died in 1808 and her 14 month old son, Thomas, who died in 1804. The other gravesite, located at Palmetto #13, is believed to have been the original burial place of Phillip Delegal, who died in 1781. Wording for the signage was adapted from the archeological report prepared by Dr. Laura Seifert of Armstrong State University (now the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University). Dr. Seifert’s students worked alongside local residents for several days at both cemetery sites, where they uncovered salt glazed stoneware, a white clay pipe stem, a shotgun shell, colorless and amber bottle glass and some Native American artifacts. The cemetery initiative, along with the Historical and Natural Sites Map which Landlovers helped to fund in 2015, continue to raise awareness of the island’s history.
Landlovers has always been a steadfast supporter of Skidaway Audubon Projects. For example, funds were provided funds for a shed, garden tools and a Gazebo at the Sparrow Field Pollinator berm.
In the Spring of 2020, Skidaway Audubon applied for a grant to improve and incorporate the Sparrow Field area into the “Monarchs in the Rough” program. Prior to hurricane Matthew, there was a walking path surrounding the large open field. This path was an attraction to residents, especially the ‘birders’ who came to explore and photograph the wildlife.
The project for which Landlovers’ monies was requested and granted was to clear a pathway and install 40 tons of granite crush. The funds totaled $6,850. The project has been completed and is utilized by residents on a daily basis.
SLICC, Southside Fire and TLA
Sometimes well-functioning organizations need specialized equipment to enhance their community services. Landlovers’ funds often fill that need. Such was the case for three of last year’s grant recipients: Saving Lives in Chatham County (SLICC), the Southside Fire Department, and the Landings Association. SLICC purchased Automated External Defibrillator (AED) trainers. Owning this equipment means the difference between learning second hand by watching a video versus learning by doing. With no training whatsoever, I was able to properly use an AED in a simulated emergency situation. Over half of the Landings residents and over 10,000 Chatham County residents have received at least one SLICC training session. We at the Landings are especially fortunate as there are 16 AEDs in public locations on our property. Since 2/3 of all cardiac arrests occur at home, we all have the chance to save someone we love! The Southside Fire Department here on the island used their funding to purchase new pagers and LED battery operated lights. Free of cumbersome cables, the battery operated lighting makes their work at a fire scene far more efficient. The most impressive of the equipment purchases, however, is an extremely high powered saw, capable of cutting quickly through a roof or garage door to create a large ventilation hole or entry into a house. Work at the fire station is accomplished by paid firemen, complimented by the work of a large crew of volunteer firemen. We thank these brave individuals who run toward fires while the rest of us run the other direction! Finally, The Landings Association used their grant funds to purchase four LED display exit signs. Who of us at the Landings hasn’t gained more information about community events by reading these signs on our way out the gates? The signs are more efficient in terms of manpower and more technologically sophisticated than the previous signs.
Skidaway Farms is yet another amenity available on our island. The farm provides garden plots (some of which are organic) for rent by island residents and provides education programs for both the farmers and for children. Its bee hives pollenate the vegetables and provide local honey. In addition, the farm has partnered with Second Harvest so excess produce volunteered by farmers feeds the hungry of Savannah. The farm is open to any resident of Skidaway Island. Landlovers grant money helped to build the farm’s pavilion, which provides shade, an open air meeting space, and social area. Even non-farmers enjoy the farm: many come out in the evenings with a glass of wine to enjoy the farm’s pastoral setting. The farm is located on the Landings Club’s former sod farm. The Landings Club leases the land to Skidaway Audubon, parent organization of Skidaway Farms, for $1 a year. The Landings Association is the farm’s biggest supporter. Hopefully the whole island is eating better as a result of Skidaway Farms!
Landings Military Relief Fund
The Landings Military Family Relief Fund (LFMRF) supports soldiers and military families of the 3rd Infantry Division and the broader military communities at Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield (HAAF). This support ranges from case-by-case unplanned emergency expenses that require rapid response from the fund, as well as supporting recurring programs that assist these communities throughout the calendar year.
Our funds are managed by the local United Way who receive grant requests from soldiers that require chain of command approval. Individual emergency requests are responded to within 24 hours. Some examples of ongoing support include:
- Provide supplemental funds to support military spousal educational needs at area colleges.
- Fort Stewart Soldier Recovery Unit which provides funds for equipment that allow Occupational Therapists to treat recovering soldiers.
- The Soldier Voucher Program which provides military families experiencing financial distress funds to purchase groceries at an Army Commissary.
- The United Way’s BackPack Buddy Program which ensures that elementary school age military children are provided with healthy snacks on weekends.
On a case by case basis, we have supported families for emergencies such as:
- Enabling a military family who lost everything in a fire to acquire basic living supplies and startup costs for a new rental apartment.
- Providing the family of a child with MS the funds to modify their van with a pneumatic lift in order to be wheel chair accessible.
- Supporting the needs of a family living in military housing who had to vacate that housing upon the death of the military member. Funds were provided for temporary lodging and food.
- Providing funds for a cranial helmet for a baby (not covered by health insurance).
The Village Library
The Village Library houses approximately 24,300 books, CDs and DVDs. It sponsors children’s programs and displays donated art. It has over 2,000 memberships, though a single membership might include several family members. While the library has a President and a Board of Directors to provide leadership it has no paid employees. Over one hundred volunteers keep the library running smoothly. The library operates on a modest budget. Money is raised by the sale of used books, memberships, the purchase of engraved bricks embedded in the front walkway, and the rental of books, CDs, and DVDs.
Landlovers has provided a number of grants to the library since its inception. These grants provided significant funding for the initial construction of the library’s building in 1996 and for subsequent building projects.
The Skidaway Island First Responders are a dedicated group of men and women who drop everything on a moment’s notice to come to the aid of Skidaway Island Residents with medical emergencies. They are often first on the scene with basic medical kits and oxygen to assess the situation and gather necessary information before the paramedics and ambulance arrive. This small but mighty group of about 20 volunteers is on call 24/7 365 days a year. No matter when a resident calls, there will be at least 1 First Responder who answers the call. The services they perform are invaluable – and sometimes help make the difference between life and death.
All First Responders go through rigorous training, including more than 40 hours of classroom instruction and practical experience. A licensed paramedic teaches the course, which is usually offered once a year. No previous medical training required, just a compassionate heart.
Landlovers is appreciative of everything the First Responders do and is proud to have provided funding for them since they were founded in 1984. Some of the things LL financial support has enabled them to do: upgrade and purchase supplies, provide medical kits for all members, purchase a Lucas Chest Compression Machine, and CPR Mannikins. Most recently our funding enabled them to purchase 20 CPR Mannikins that meet the new American Heart Association Standards, and purchase an Infant CPR Mannikin.
Skidaway Island First Responders are one of the most important organizations on the Island and Landlovers thanks them for everything they do. The next time you see a friend or neighbor who is a First Responder remember to thank them for their service!
Coastal Conservation Association: Kids Fishing Derby
Landlovers has awarded grant dollars to the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) since 1998.Those dollars have made the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby possible every Labor Day weekend at The Kids Lagoon in Oakridge— a free event to all participants.
Along with sponsoring the Derby the funds are used to stock the lagoon to ensure a great experience! According to local CCA chapter President, Dave Devore: “The partnership with Landlovers has also led to the construction of an on-site pavilion to encourage year-round fishing & family fun.” Since the pavilion was added activities have been expanded to include the Saturday morning CastAway Club, an educational program focused on Landings’ kids that provides hands on experiences with local “critters & varmints” (e.g. snakes, turtles, bees, bats) followed by an hour of proper fishing instruction. Additional programs have also been added to benefit off-island kids from Oglethorpe Charter School, Bethesda Academy, Safe Shelter & other organizations. CCA President Dave Devore points out that: “The volunteers say they have as much fun as the kids.”
Our partnership with CCA has been wonderful for The Landings at large, as evidenced by post event publicity run in The Landings Journal, TWATL, The Skinnie, Our Club and The Savannah Morning News. In addition, the Skidaway Island website “Skidaway Today” posts photos online of kids trying their hand at catching their first fish and the excited faces that come with the experience…a good news story for sure. Landlovers’ commitment to the men, women and children of this community as well as the beautification of our environment is a great story.