Embrace-A-Stream (EAS) Grant Program

Trout Unlimited

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 15, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 15, 2019 (Pre proposal), Jul 15, 2019 (Full proposal)

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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NOTE:  Deadline explanations are as follows:

  • "letter of inquiry"  - Deadline to notify your regional EAS representative of your intention to apply
  • "pre-proposal" - Draft application due
  • "full proposal"- Final application due

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 1,050 individual projects with more than $4.6 million in direct cash grants. Local TU chapters and councils contributed an additional $14 million in cash and in-kind services to EAS funded projects, for a total investment of nearly $19 million.

In 2017, a total of $214,010 was awarded to 47 chapters and councils, helping restore stream habitat, improving fish passage, and protecting water quality in 22 different states from coast to coast.

Program Overview

Since its inception in 1975, the Embrace A Stream (EAS) program has invested in more than 1,050 individual projects with over $4.6 million in direct cash grants. For the 2018 funding cycle, Trout Unlimited (TU) chapters and councils are asked to submit project proposals that best address the needs of native and wild salmon, steelhead and trout following TU’s protect, reconnect, restore, and sustain conservation model.

Projects will be evaluated based on their conservation impact, public education and outreach, technical merit and their ability to strengthen TU’s impact. Throughout the history of the EAS program, it has been our experience that the most effective and successful projects have included these elements, described specifically how they will be accomplished, and have focused on a more holistic approach to coldwater conservation. 

The following are the EAS funding policies:

  • The maximum grant awarded for EAS projects is $10,000.
  • Applicants have two years to complete a funded project. Final reports must be filed by September 30th two years following the award date (e.g.- projects funded in October 2018 must file a final report by September 30th, 2020).
  • Applicants must match, on a one-to-one basis, the EAS grant request. For example, for a total project budget of $20,000 of more, the applicant can request up to $10,000 and must match the balance of $10,000. Matching sources can include cash gifts, in-kind donations of materials, and/or volunteer labor.
  • EAS will fund projects that use graduate students, contractors, and/or consultants if their portion of the project meets the evaluation criteria (see section III) and if there is significant TU volunteer involvement.
  • Chapters or councils undertaking multi-phase projects are welcome to apply for EAS funds.
    • However, the EAS committee will only consider grant funding for a single phase at a time. EAS is intended as a source of funding for the early stages of projects, not as a multi-year funding mechanism for long-term projects.

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  • The EAS grant program supports the conservation projects of TU chapters and councils.
    • A TU chapter or council must be the applicant.
    • We strongly encourage chapters and councils to partner with government agencies, non-profits, and other groups to strengthen their EAS proposal.
    • There must be significant TU involvement in the planning and execution of the project to warrant funding, and project proposals with strong chapter capacity and/or community building components are highly encouraged. 
  • 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.
    • A project by a chapter or council that received a grant in the previous year if that chapter/council submits an interim progress report on their funded project along with their request for funding the new project
    • Any other well planned and feasible project that will provide direct benefit to coldwater resources


  • Please note that TU chapters who have not filed final EAS reports for projects that received EAS funding in the 2015-16 funding cycle or before will not be eligible to receive grants.
  • EAS will not fund:
    • Land acquisition efforts, including conservation easements. If you are interested in seeking funds for land acquisition, including easements, consider applying for TU’s Land Conservancy Fund.
    • 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 candidate or particular piece of legislation.
    • More than one project from any one chapter or council in a given funding year.
    • Grant requests from a chapter or council with an EAS project that has yet to be completed if that chapter/council has not submitted an interim report. Chapters/councils seeking funding for a project must submit an interim report for on-going projects that are still within the two-year deadline along with the new project application

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