Retailer West Marine will open new grant cycle on Dec. 1 to marine and boating nonprofits
On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, West Marine will kick off its annual grant cycle for its nonprofit, BlueFuture®. Blue Future’s mission is to support the conservation of our marine habitats and wildlife and to connect new audiences to the water. Encouraged to apply are nonprofit, community-based organizations that support aquatic sustainability and conservation practices or connect our youth to on-the-water activities and education through sailing, powerboating, fishing, paddling or surfing; provide boatbuilding instruction; or encourage learning in the marine sciences.
“Now more than ever we are proud to be able to provide this opportunity to deserving nonprofits and organizations across the country,” said Eric Kufel, CEO of West Marine. “We realize the increasing need to support and promote healthy and vibrant marine habitats and sustainable fisheries as well as connect future generations to the water through youth recreation and education. One hundred percent of the money raised for BlueFuture supports organizations dedicated to these efforts.”
BlueFuture® annually distributes much-needed grants to dozens of nonprofit organizations across the United States. Grants are unrestricted allowing the recipient to determine how the funding will be used. Nonprofits interested in applying can visit www.westmarine.com/BlueFuture, to fill out and submit an online form. The applications will be reviewed after the grant period closes on December 31, all winners will be notified by the end of February 2022 and grants are scheduled to be distributed in March.
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 2021 Month of Giving this December, donations can be made at checkout in a West Marine store or online. To learn more about BlueFuture, visit westmarine.com/BlueFuture.
About West Marine
Founded in 1968, West Marine is the leading integrated, omni-channel provider of aftermarket products and services to the boating, fishing, sailing, and watersports markets in the U.S. With 236 physical locations across 38 states and Puerto Rico and two eCommerce platforms reaching consumers and professional customers, West Marine is recognized as the leading resource for cruisers, sailors, anglers, and watersports enthusiasts. West Marine uses its scale, product breadth, and expert field associates to service all the needs of consumers seeking an exceptional on water experience. To learn more about West Marine, please visit the West Marine website at www.westmarine.com.
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