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West Marine seeks BlueFuture Fund applications

West Marine said it is accepting online applications through Oct. 1.

West Marine said it is accepting online applications through Oct. 1 for fall BlueFuture Fund grants and will announce the winners in November.

Encouraged to apply are nonprofit, 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; recipients are free to use the funds as they see fit.

“We’ve streamlined our grant application process to make it as straightforward as possible,” West Marine director of communications Lindsey Johnson said in a statement.

“Simply visit www.westmarine.com/BlueFuture, click ‘grants,’ and you’ll be able to fill out and submit your application entirely online.”

West Marine created its nonprofit BlueFuture Fund in May 2015 to provide critical grant funding to charities across North America. The waterlife outfitter 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.

“With each grant cycle, we seek to reach even more nonprofit organizations around the country,” Johnson said. “We want to help them to provide young people in their communities with better access to the water and more opportunities to engage in waterlife recreation and education.”

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