West Marine Looks to Expand BlueFuture Grants

December’s Month of Giving fundraiser will gather donations for 2018 BlueFuture grants.

North Coast Community Sailing was a Blue Future grant recipient in 2016.Courtesy North Coast Community Sailing, Blue Future grant

West Marine is holding a Month of Giving fundraiser throughout the month of December, with the hopes of raising enough cash to expand its BlueFuture grants program for 2018.

“We’re continuing to receive increasing numbers of grant applications, this year receiving more than 300 of them from coast to coast,” Laura Barry, West Marine’s director of communications, stated in a press release. “We’re determined to broaden our reach so we can include even more organizations, and provide more children with access to the water.”

BlueFuture grants — $1,500 apiece — are given to nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to getting kids on the water through boating, fishing, paddling and the marine sciences.

How to make a tax-deductible donation: Look for the "Give Joy" tags in West Marine stores, or donate online at here.