BlueFuture Grant Cycle Open


West Marine has announced the start of its spring grant cycle: Candidates may now apply for 2017 BlueFuture grants. The organization will accept applications until May 1.

BlueFuture grants were established in 2015, with the goal of promoting youth waterlife adventure, recreation and stewardship. This year, the BlueFuture Fund will award 25 grants, each worth $1,500. The grants come without restrictions and may be used as recipients see fit.

In particular, West Marine encourages applications from nonprofit, community-based organizations that teach sailing, powerboating, fishing, paddling or surfing; provide boatbuilding instruction; foster aquatic sustainability and conservation practices; and encourage learning in the marine sciences.

To apply, interested candidates need only to fill out an online form found in the “Grants” section of the BlueFuture website. A panel of judges will go through each entry and announce the 25 winners in mid-May.

For more information and to apply, visit