West Marine Announces Opening of Blue Future Grant Cycle
Retailer West Marine will open new grant cycle on Nov. 29, to nonprofits dedicated to marine conservation or providing our youth with the opportunity to engage with boating, fishing or marine sciences
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On Tuesday, November 29, 2022, West Marine will kick off its annual grant cycle for its nonprofit, BlueFuture®. 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.
“We are proud and excited to bring back our grant cycle after last year’s success and continue our goal to support local organizations that promote healthy and vibrant marine habitats and sustainable fisheries as well as connect future generations to the water through youth recreation and education,” said Eric Kufel, Chief Executive Officer at West Marine. “One hundred percent of the money raised for BlueFuture supports organizations dedicated to these efforts.”
BlueFuture® annually distributes much-needed grants to 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 2023 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 235 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 water sports enthusiasts. West Marine uses its scale, product breadth, and expert field crew members to service all the needs of consumers seeking an exceptional on-water experience.
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West Marine, the world’s largest retailer of boating supplies and accessories, announced the opening of its Blue Future grant cycle today. The program, now in its fourth year, provides funding for educational initiatives that promote ocean conservation and protect marine life and habitats.
“West Marine is proud to continue our commitment to ocean conservation through the Blue Future grant program,” said John Jochum, Senior Vice President of Merchandising and E-Commerce. “Since its inception, Blue Future has awarded nearly $1 million to over 150 organizations across the country working to preserve our oceans and waterways for future generations.”
The Blue Future grant program is open to 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States with a focus on ocean conservation. Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2020. Grantees will be announced in May.
For more information, or to apply for a Blue Future grant, visit westmarine.com/bluefuture.