West Marine Announces Dates for BlueFuture® Fall Grant Cycle

Encouraged to Apply for Grant Funding: Community Nonprofits Dedicated to Getting Young People On and Around the Water

Watsonville, CA, Aug. 15, 2017 - On Friday, Sept. 1, West Marine will begin accepting online applications for its next round of 2017 BlueFuture grants. The fall grant cycle will run through Sunday, Oct. 1, with the names of grant recipients to be announced in November.

Encouraged to apply are nonprofit, youth-focused, community-based organizations that teach sailing, powerboating, fishing, paddling or boatbuilding skills; foster aquatic sustainability and conservation practices; and encourage learning in the marine sciences. The $1,500 grants are given without restriction; in other words, grant recipients are free to use the funds as they see fit.

“We’re dedicated to giving back to communities across the country through our BlueFuture initiative,” says Deb Radcliff, Senior Vice President, Marketing. “We understand that not all young people have the opportunity to build their own Waterlife, so it’s important to us that we’re able to help local nonprofits give more young people access to the water.”

West Marine created its nonprofit BlueFuture fund in May 2015 to provide this critical grant funding to charities across North America. The world’s premier Waterlife Outfitter conducts three annual in-store fundraisers to support BlueFuture’s growth: National Safe Boating Week in May, World Oceans Day in June, and the Month of Giving in December. It also encourages year-round donations through its website at westmarine.com/BlueFuture.

“We seek to expand BlueFuture’s reach so we can help even more nonprofit organizations across the country,” Radcliff says. “Working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of America’s children.”

West Marine’s BlueFuture is a donor-advised fund through the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz. All donations are fully tax-deductible, and twice each year, West Marine awards grants to worthy nonprofit organizations across North America. These much-needed funds allow the community-based groups to provide scholarships, purchase new equipment, maintain staff, add programs and so much more.

To learn more about West Marine’s 2017 BlueFuture grants, to submit an application, and for detailed information about the company’s BlueFuture initiative and how you can help, visit www.westmarine.com/bluefuture

About BlueFuture

Created in May 2015, West Marine’s BlueFuture provides critical grant funding twice each year to community-based nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to providing young people with access to the water through sailing, powerboating, fishing, water sports, boatbuilding, conservation and marine science programs. BlueFuture is a donor-advised fund through the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz, and all donations are fully tax-deductible.

About West Marine

Each person has a unique connection to the water. At West Marine (westmarine.com, NASDAQ: WMAR), our knowledge, enthusiasm and products prepare 21st century adventurers to foster that connection and explore their passions. With more than 250 stores located in 38 states and Puerto Rico, an eCommerce website reaching domestic and international customers, and a wholesale business for our professional customers, West Marine is recognized as a leading Waterlife Outfitter for cruisers, sailors, anglers and paddlesports enthusiasts. Since first opening our doors in 1968, West Marine associates continue to share the same love for the water as our customers and provide helpful advice on the gear and gadgets they need to be safe and have fun.

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