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West Marine seeks applicants for BlueFuture Fund grants

West Marine will begin accepting online applications for its next round of 2016 BlueFuture Fund grants on Sept. 1.

West Marine will begin accepting online applications for its next round of 2016 BlueFuture Fund grants on Sept. 1.

The fall grant cycle will run through Oct. 1, with the names of grant recipients to be announced in early November.

Encouraged to apply are non-profit, youth-focused, community-based organizations that teach sailing, powerboating, fishing or boatbuilding skills; foster aquatic sustainability and conservation practices; and 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.

West Marine created its non-profit BlueFuture Fund in May 2015 to provide grant funding to charities across North America.

The company conducts three annual in-store fundraisers to support the fund’s growth: National Safe Boating Week in May, World Oceans Day in June, and the Month of Giving in December. It also encourages year-round donations through its website at westmarine.com/BlueFuture.

“We seek to broaden BlueFuture’s reach so we can help even more nonprofit organizations across the country as they pursue their ongoing missions in their communities,” West Marine communications director Lindsey Johnson said in a statement. “And, working together, we can have an even greater impact in the lives of our children.”

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