Our 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. 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 through Landlovers Foundation for non-profit groups and service organizations that provide cultural, educational and other services, projects and/or programs for us to enjoy, tend to our health and safety, and beautify and improve our environment. The intent is to fund programs/projects and services that would not be possible without our grant funding.
Grant requests are prioritized based on two primary factors. The first factor is the impact the proposed program/project or service would have on the residents of Skidaway Island. The second factor is the importance the Landlovers grant would be to implementing the proposed program/project or service.
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, general operating costs or political or religious activities. The deadline for applications is March 20, 2024. Any organization which has not completed its grant evaluation for any previous year’s funding will not be considered for a grant. For further information, please contact Tim Forbes (LandloversPres@gmail.com).
Landlovers Grants are distributed in May.
Categories for Landlovers Grants are:
1. Cultural and educational services or programs for adults and children
2. Nature and environmental projects or programs
3. Health and safety projects or programs
Criteria for receiving Landlovers Grants are:
1. Organizations must be a non-profit whose proposed program/project or service benefits or supports Skidaway Island or its residents.
2. Applications will not be accepted for individual requests, travel expenses, salaries, stipends, general operating costs or political or religious activities.
3. If funding has been granted in a previous year, a description of any previous year’s grant and the status of the supported program must be submitted prior to any new application being considered.
4. All grants are subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of Landlovers Foundation and compliance with the provisions of the organization’s charter and bylaws.
2022-2023 Grant Recipients
Bethesa Academy: Funding provided for the construction of a new venue that can double as both an outdoor classroom for critically needed STEM programming and as a revenue generating all weather stage and event space.
Boy Scouts of America, Troup 57: They will purchase an outdoor cover similar to a car port to store equipment including their 2 smokers and wood splitter. The structure will be located behind the Skidaway Island Community Church. It replaces the temporary cloth tent which is damaged due to falling limbs and debris.
Chatham Emergency Services: Funding will provide rescue tools for the firefighters. It will also be used to repaint the training and community event room at the fire station.
Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Skidaway Island: Funds to be used to purchase additional fish to stock the freshwater ponds around The Landings and to help sponsor the annual free Kids Fishing Derby.
Coastal Heritage Society – Pinpoint: Funding to install a large interpretive sign with an image of the original hand-painted mural by Sharon Varn, a Pin Point resident and artist. The mural, depicting residents of the Pin Point community, wraps the north and east walls of the Picking and Cooling House and is starting to peel and fade. The new sign ensures that the representation of the residents and their history is preserved for perpetuity.
SAFE Shelter Center for Domestic Violence Services, Inc: Funding provided will update the children’s playroom used by the preschool (2-5) aged children. The project includes fresh paint, play rugs to cover the floor, seating, and more lighting. Books and art supplies will be replenished and old toys replaced.
St. Joseph’s/Candler Foundation: Funding will support the non-billable Nurse Navigator Program at the Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion. Nurse Navigators assist cancer patients along the complete disease continuum of care by addressing several key areas: access to care, education about the disease, facilitation of communication between providers, assuring that supportive and clinical services occur in a timely manner. Nurse Navigators have assisted over 4,000 patients facing cancer.
Savannah Book Festival: Funding granted to purchase books for the students participating in the SBF@Schools program. The program brings authors speaking during SBF into Savannah schools where the students have a chance to hear from the authors and have a one-on-one engagement as the author personalizes and signs their book for the students.
Skidaway Audubon – Chimney Swift Project: Funding for a new project to create a safe nesting and colony roosting tower for Chimney Swifts. Chimney Swifts are migratory birds who visit our island through late fall. Their population is rapidly declining and is part of Audubon’s portfolio of conservation projects. Each Swift eats THOUSANDS of mosquitoes every day!
Skidaway Audubon – Sparrow Fields Kiosk: Funding will be used to purchase a Timberhomes Kiosk Kit for Sparrow Fields. The kiosk will be used by residents for residents. Photographers will be invited to post their photos with a brief explanation about the flora and fauna seen at the community garden for everyone to view.
Skidaway Farms: Funding covers the annual cost of soil amenities for the 6 Children’s Garden plots and for adding plant material to the newest pollinator bed at the gardens. Pollinators help sustain the ecosystem and the beds provide a teaching opportunity for the children who visit.
The Landings Association: Funding will be used to purchase and install park benches and swings strategically placed on the walking and biking trails around the island giving residents the opportunity to sit and enjoy the natural beauty of our island.
The Village Library: Funding granted to support the library’s efforts to build a strong collection of materials for children including books, tools and materials for activities. It will also buy a new printer for printing marketing materials.
Wilderness Southeast: Funding to purchase 6 kayaks for new Kayaking Basics/Safety Programs and Marsh Ecology Kayaking Programs which will be open to all Landings residents. The kayaks will also be used for scholarship recipients of the Fish Gotta Swim program, an immersive environmental education program open to students who have excelled in FGS at Title-1 schools in Savannah.