Embrace-A-Stream (EAS) Program

Trout Unlimited

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Embrace-A-Stream (EAS) is a matching grant program administered by TU that awards funds to TU chapters and councils for coldwater fisheries conservation. Since its inception in 1975, EAS has funded more than 1,000 individual projects for a total of $4.4 million in direct cash grants. Local TU chapters and councils contributed an additional $13 million in cash and in-kind services to EAS funded projects, for a total investment of more than $17 million.

In the 2015-16 grant cycle, a total of $84,941 was awarded to 26 chapters and councils, with an average grant award of $3,267, helping restore stream habitat, improving fish passage, and protecting water quality in 18 different states from coast to coast.

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  • A TU chapter or council must be the primary applicant, but government agencies, non-profits, and other groups are strongly encouraged to partner with TU.
    • There must be significant TU involvement in the planning and execution of the project to warrant funding. 
    • EAS will fund projects that use graduate students, contractors, and/or consultants if their portion of the project meets the evaluation criteria and if there is significant TU volunteer involvement.
  • EAS will fund:  
    • On-the-ground restoration, protection, or conservation efforts that benefit trout and salmon fisheries and their habitats  

    • Education or outreach projects that increase the awareness and support of coldwater conservation among a non-TU audience  

    • Applied research, assessment, or monitoring that addresses the causes of fisheries or watershed problems and helps develop management solutions  

    • Advocacy efforts that will positively influence government planning or policy to benefit coldwater resources, including coalition building with other partner organizations

    • Feasibility studies, campaign planning, or other tools that will directly contribute to TU’s imminent ability to benefit coldwater resources  

    • Projects that increase the internal capacity of the chapter or council to directly benefit coldwater resources.  

    • Any other well planned and feasible project that will provide direct benefit to coldwater resources


    • EAS will not make grants to individuals or non-TU projects
    • EAS will not fund:  
      • Land acquisition efforts, including conservation easements.  
      • Salary expenses for government agency personnel or non-profit staff.
      • Partially or fully completed projects that are seeking reimbursement for expenses.  
      • Advocacy campaigns that endorse a specific candidates or particular piece of legislation.

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