It’s Time to Apply for West Marine BlueFuture Grants

Nonprofits that that teach powerboating, boatbuilding and more are eligible.

Surfrider Spirit Sessions in Kailua, Hawaii, was one of the recipients of the Spring 2017 BlueFuture Grant.Courtesy Surfrider Spirit Sessions

West Marine plans to begin accepting applications for its next round of BlueFuture grants on September 1, with the deadline for submission on October 1.

Nonprofit, youth-focused, community-based organizations can win the $1,500 grants for teaching powerboating or boatbuilding skills, fostering aquatic sustainability or conservation, and more. “We’re dedicated to giving back to communities across the country through our BlueFuture initiative,” Deb Radcliff, West Marine’s senior vice president of marketing, stated in a press release. “It’s important to us that we’re able to help local nonprofits give more young people access to the water.”

West Marine created the BlueFuture fund in 2015. Three annual in-store fundraisers support the effort during National Safe Boating Week in May, World Oceans Day in June and the Month of Giving in December.

What have previous winners done with the grants? Provided scholarships, purchased equipment, added programs and more.

Where to apply: click over to the West Marine site.