Embrace A Stream

Trout Unlimited Chapters and Councils are eligible for the Embrace A Stream program to support bringing the TU coldwater conservation mission to life in and with communities across the country.

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 1,100 individual projects with more than $4.75 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.  For current updates on EAS projects, visit the EAS Facebook page and follow #embraceastream on Instagram and Facebook.

In 2020, a total of $85,000 was awarded to 17 chapters and councils, helping restore stream habitat, improving fish passage, and protecting water quality in 10 different states from coast to coast.

Grant Applications

Please note the following 2021 EAS funding cycle deadlines:

    • March 15 – Embrace A Stream webinar recording
    • April 15 – Deadline to notify regional EAS representative of your intent to apply 
    • May 15 – Draft online application due via chapter account
    • July 15 – Final online application due (Interim report due from 2019 funded applicants)

Before contacting your regional EAS Committee member, please review the 2021 EAS proposal guidelines.  

Create your chapter account or log into your existing chapter account for the 2021 EAS Online Application here.

Confirm that an account does not exist before creating a new chapter account. This chapter account will be used for future applications.

Embrace A Stream Grant Review Committee

The Embrace A Stream Committee is comprised of TU volunteers and scientific advisers. The committee evaluates all proposed projects and makes final funding decisions in the fall of each year. EAS Committee members are a valuable resource for potential grant seekers and should be a chapter or council’s first point of contact when considering an EAS application. Chapters and councils that receive money are often in contact with their EAS committee representative early and often. The members of the committee include:

Region                              Name                               Phone                   
Chair                             Russ Meyer                  775-852-6141       

New England              Ellen Smith                  413-624-3483     
(ME, MA, NH, VT, CT, RI)     

Northeast                    Greg Malaska              570-657-7169          
(NY, NJ, PA, DE)

Mid-Atlantic               Brian Bernstein          410-262-4188   
(MD, VA, WV, DC, OH, KY) 

Great Lakes                Mike Kuhr                   414-588-4281       
(MI, MN, WI, IA)

Midwest States          Mike Kruse                 573-819-5426   
(IL, IN, MO, AR, KS)

Northern Rockies     Andy Brunelle            208-334-1770   
(ID, WY, MT, ND, SD, NE)       

Southern Rockies   Marshall Pendergrass       (970) 596-8602              
(UT, AZ, NM, CO, OK, TX)

Pacific Northwest    Paige Wallace              503-593-9655        
(WA, OR, AK)

Southwest                 Peter Mangarella        510-289-8163 
(NV, CA, HI)

Southeast                  Tom McInnis               864-654-4003   
(TN, NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, FL)          

Embrace A Stream Final Reports

One of the requirements for receipt of an EAS grant is a final report. Your team has two years to complete your project and file a final report.  Reports are important as they communicate your efforts to allow the EAS committee to tell compelling stories for program sustainability. In your final report, highlight your proposed goals and objectives and how those were met. If there are goals and objectives that were not attained, please provide additional details to explain.  Any surplus EAS funds must be returned. 

Note that TU chapters who fail to file a final report for projects that received EAS funding will not be eligible to receive future EAS grants. 

You will submit your final grant report online here through the chapter or council account that you originally applied for EAS funds.  Your team may find this EAS Final Report video helpful.

For further information, please contact Lisa Beranek, Embrace A Stream staff liaison and Leadership Development Manager of Volunteer Operations.



Your Volunteer Operations Staff is here to help! 

Nick Halle
Volunteer Operations Coordinator
(703) 284-9425
Contact Nick for:

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Jeff Yates
Director of Volunteer Operations
Contact Jeff for:

  • Leadership Recruitment & Development
  • Embrace A Stream Grants Program
  • Strategic Planning Support
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