West Marine Remains Committed to BlueFuture Efforts, Launches New 2020 Grant Cycle

Retailer West Marine will open new grant cycle on Dec. 1 to nonprofits supporting youth boating, fishing and marine education

Watsonville, Calif., November 24, 2020 - On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, West Marine will kick off its annual grant cycle for its nonprofit, BlueFuture. Encouraged to apply are nonprofit, community-based organizations that teach sailing, powerboating, fishing, paddling or surfing; provide boatbuilding instruction; foster aquatic sustainability and conservation practices; or encourage learning in the marine sciences.

“We are proud to provide this opportunity to deserving nonprofits and organizations across the country that are dedicated to giving kids water life education and experiences. Now more than ever we recognize the importance of getting kids out on the water,” said Ken Seipel, CEO of West Marine. “Many organizations lost their sources of funding in 2020 and we knew we needed to continue with BlueFuture and support these nonprofit organizations that provide kids, especially those who may not have the opportunity, with a path to engage with boating, fishing, marine sciences and conservation.”

BlueFuture annually distributes much-needed grants to dozens of nonprofit organizations across the United States. Nonprofits interested in applying can visit www.westmarine.com/BlueFuture to fill out and submit an online form. Grants are unrestricted allowing the recipient to determine how the funding will be used. The applications will be reviewed after the grant period closes on December 31, all winners will be notified by the end of February 2021 and grants are scheduled to be distributed in March 2021.

BlueFuture is a donor-advised fund set up through the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, and all donations are fully tax-deductible. During the 2020 Month of Giving this December, donations can be made at checkout in a West Marine store or online and 100% of the funds raised will go directly to BlueFuture grants. To learn more about BlueFuture, visit westmarine.com/BlueFuture.

About West Marine

For more than 50 years, West Marine has been the premier retailer of boating, fishing, sailing and paddling gear. With 237 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 resource for cruisers, sailors, anglers and paddlesports enthusiasts. West Marine associates 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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