West Marine BlueFuture 2018 Grant Cycle Ends May 31

Nonprofit Organizations dedicated to getting kids out on the water through adventure, education and stewardship encouraged to apply for grant funding before the end of this month

Watsonville, CA, May 3, 2018 - Just under a month remains to apply for a West Marine BlueFuture grant. The country’s premier boating retailer is accepting online applications through the end of the day on Mon., May 31 and will announce the names of 50 BlueFuture grant award winners at the end of June.

Encouraged to apply are nonprofit, community-based organizations that teach sailing, power boating, fishing, paddling or surfing; provide boatbuilding instruction; foster aquatic sustainability and conservation practices; or 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 to operate their respective programs.

To apply organizations can visit westmarine.com/BlueFuture, click ‘Grant Info’ and follow the online applications process. A team of West Marine judges will review the applications after the grant period closes on May31 and will announce the 50 winners within a few weeks.

The BlueFuture fund is a donor-advised fund through the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz. All donations are fully tax-deductible, and 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 2018 BlueFuture grants and to submit an application, and for detailed information about the company’s BlueFuture initiative and how you can help, visit westmarine.com/BlueFuture.

About West Marine

Each person has a unique connection to the water. At West Marine, our knowledge, enthusiasm and products prepare Waterlife adventurers to foster that connection and explore their passions. With more than 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. To learn more about West Marine, please visit the West Marine website at westmarine.com

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