West Marine names recipients of BlueFuture grants

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West Marine has named the 25 nonprofit organizations that will receive fall 2017 BlueFuture grants.

Unrestricted support in the amount of $1,500 will be provided to the winners — community-based organizations dedicated to getting young people on and around the water in recreational and educational capacities.

“No one understands the needs of a community better than those who live and work there, particularly when it comes to serving at-risk youth and improving youth access to the water,” Laura Barry, West Marine’s director of communications, said in a statement. “We want to serve as a valued partner for these organizations as they seek to make a real difference in children’s lives through Waterlife adventure, education and stewardship.”

West Marine said it received more than 300 applications for grants this year.

“Applications are coming from all over the country, which is thrilling,” Barry said. “It means that BlueFuture’s message is resonating with the organizations we’re trying to reach. It also demonstrates that you can have access to the water no matter where you live. If there’s a lake or a river, you can have a Waterlife.”

The list of recipients can be found here.

The names and photos of 2017 fall grant recipients and links to their websites will be posted at West Marine’s BlueFuture page under the Grant Recipients tab in the coming weeks.

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