Watsonville, Calif., 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 www.westmarine.com/bluefuture
About West Marine
For over 50 years, West Marine has been the premier retailer of boating, fishing, sailing and paddling gear. With nearly 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 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 www.westmarine.com