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Grants & Sponsorships

Grants & Sponsorships

A BlueFuture® means a tomorrow filled with people having fun on clean waterways, healthy oceans, and full lakes. It means strong fish stocks that are safe to eat, plentiful sea birds and mammals to see. As the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories in the United States, West Marine knows its business depends upon a BlueFuture®, and we are committed to doing our part to guarantee that vision.

We demonstrate our commitment by working to reduce the environmental impact of our own operations, offering environmentally preferable products and tips to our customers, and supporting marine conservation projects. We are evolving into a broader water life outfitter, now featuring a broad assortment of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards that are both healthy for the individual and easy on the environment.

West Marine is proud of our values and our practices that create our Triple Bottom Line of “People, Planet, and Prosperity,” and we are counting on a BlueFuture® for all our children and their children many years ahead.

Stay tuned for a new grants program announced in May 2015.


Affiliate Program

Check out our affiliate program where your organization can earn funds by providing a link on the organization web site. For more details click HERE.


Sponsorships

Sponsorships are now open!

With stores in more cities and towns across the country than any other marine business, we are privileged to partner through our sponsorship program with many wonderful community organizations. West Marine Sponsorships processes hundreds of applications each year and are committed to supporting the communities that encourage boating participation, and/or aim to protect the marine environment, so that future generations will be able to fish and enjoy our beautiful waterways.

The sponsorship program is focused on boating, fishing and paddlesports related events which are community based and relate specifically to the products that we carry. Unfortunately, teams or individuals will not be considered as they do not align with our sponsorship criteria of supporting events with multiple boats and/or increase participation on the water.

It is required that you complete your online application a minimum of 30 days before your event date, we will reply to you within 30 days after you submit your online application. However, we highly recommend that you submit your online application a minimum of 90 days before your event date, in order to allow all parties involved sufficient time to process your application and provide proper communication. Unfortunately, if your event falls within the 30 day time frame it will not be considered for approval, but please do check back with us next year.

The date your online application is submitted is when we start the clock. We begin accepting applications in December for the following year, and process them until we have allocated all of our resources (approvals are based on how your event matches up to our sponsorship criteria, with resources being distributed on a first come, first serve basis).

PLEASE NOTE: We will only review and respond to the events which apply through the application process guidelines. You will receive a reply by email within 30 days of submitting your completed application. Due to the high volume of applications and inquiries, we will not guarantee a reply to incoming emails or voicemails relating to an application.

Click HERE to complete online application.

We wish you the upmost success with your event this year and beyond!