West Marine Names Winners of 2016 BlueFuture Grants

West Marine is giving the $1,500 BlueFuture grants to 25 nonprofit organizations.

Marine Conservation, Sea Turtle
Marine conservation is a main focus of the BlueFuture grant.Jeremy Bishop

West Marine has announced the 25 nonprofit organizations that each will receive a $1,500 BlueFuture grant for 2016. Waterlife Outfitter presented the grants to the community-based organizations.

“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,” Lindsey Johnson, West Marine’s director of communications, stated in a press release. “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 received more than 100 applications for the grants from across the contiguous United States as well as Hawaii.

Here are the winners:

Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center, Bellingham, Washington

Bourne Community Boating, Bourne, Massachusetts

Chicago Training Center, Chicago, Illinois

ClearShark H2O, Hanover, Maryland

Community Sailing of Colorado, Denver, Colorado

Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC), San Francisco, California

Guilford High School Voyages and Vessels, Guilford, Connecticut

Hawaii Kai Boat Club Foundation, Honolulu, Hawaii

L.I.F.T. As We Climb Inc., Newark, New Jersey

Lake Havasu Sea Scouts, SSS Heatwave, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

LifeSail Inc., Van Nuys, California

Outdoor Outreach, San Diego, California

Pass Christian Community Sailing Foundation, Pass Christian, Mississippi

Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Project Oceanology, Groton, Connecticut

North Coast Community Sailing, Bayfield, Wisconsin

Sail Newport, Newport, Rhode Island

Southwest Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, Fort Myers, Florida

Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop, Norfolk, Virginia

Tierra Pacifica Charter School, Santa Cruz, California

YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, Tacoma, Washington

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