Embrace A Stream

When you support Embrace A Stream, you’re helping local TU volunteers drive important local conservation projects forward on their home waters, and making it possible for the next generation of conservationists to connect with hands-on river restoration projects.

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 1,120 individual projects with more than $4.85 million in direct cash grants.

For current updates on EAS projects, visit the EAS Facebook page and follow #embraceastream on Instagram and Facebook.

In 2021, a total of $86,000 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 2022 EAS funding cycle deadlines:

  • March 15 – Embrace A Stream training webinar
  • April 15 – Deadline to notify regional EAS representative of your intent to apply 
  • June 1 – First draft applications sent to regional EAS representative (optional)
  • June 15 – Online application deadline
  • July 23 – Grants awarded at CX3 Portland Embrace A Stream Banquet

Download Draft Grant Application (Word)

Download Grant Budget Template (Excel)

View the Grant Guidelines & Instructions (PDF)

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/Email                               Phone                   
Chair                              Russ Meyer                (775) 852-6141       

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

Northeast                    Greg Malaska (interim)  (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) 343-1510   
(ID, WY, MT, ND, SD, NE)       

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

Pacific Northwest      Bridget Moran              (360) 348-0583         
(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.