West Marine’s BlueFuture Fall Grant Cycle Ends Oct. 1

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

Watsonville, CA, September 21, 2017 - Less than two weeks remain to apply for a West Marine BlueFuture fall grant. The world’s premier Waterlife Outfitter is accepting online applications through the end of the day on Oct. 1 and will announce the names of 25 BlueFuture grant award winners later in the month.

Encouraged to apply are nonprofit, youth-focused, community-based organizations that teach sailing, power boating, 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. “If your organization is dedicated to giving more young people access to the water, we encourage you to apply. Simply visit westmarine.com/BlueFuture/Grants, and you’ll be able to access, fill out and submit your application entirely online.”

“We believe that no one understands the needs of a community better than those who live and work there,” Radcliff says. “We’re excited to partner with this fall’s grant recipients and see how we can help make a real difference in their communities.”

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.

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 West Marine

Each person has a unique connection to the water. At West Marine (westmarine.com, NASDAQ: WMAR), our knowledge, enthusiasm and products prepare Waterlife adventurers to foster that connection and explore their passions. With 250 stores located in 38 states and Puerto Rico and an eCommerce website reaching domestic, international and 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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