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Embrace A Stream (EAS) Grant

Grants to USA Conservation Organizations
to Preserve Fish Habitats

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Trout Unlimited

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Deadline Date:

07/15/21 2:59 PM (AKDT)


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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA chapters and councils of the funding source organization for projects to protect fish habitats. Applicants must contact program staff and submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to support wildlife restoration and conservation of coldwater fisheries. Projects will be evaluated based on their conservation impact, public education and outreach, technical merit, and their ability to strengthen TU’s impact.

For the 2021 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.

EAS will fund:

  • On-the-ground restoration, protection, or conservation efforts that benefit trout and salmon fisheries and their habitats.
  • In an effort to support and encourage TU collaboration (OneTU), TU staff time to supervise, manage or otherwise directly support EAS project development and/or implementation, in collaboration with other chapters and councils, will be considered as long as the project fits all other evaluation criteria.
  • 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

For information about evaluation criteria, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145964

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant awarded for EAS projects is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants have two years to complete a proposed project.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The EAS grant program supports the conservation projects of TU chapters and councils, and as such, a TU chapter or council must be the applicant. Chapters and councils are encouraged to partner with government agencies, non-profits (especially within Trout Unlimited), and other groups to strengthen their EAS proposal.

There must be significant TU involvement, particularly in leadership roles, in the planning and execution of the project to warrant funding. Project proposals with strong chapter capacity and/or community building components are highly encouraged. EAS will not make grants to individuals or non-TU projects.

EAS will fund projects that use graduate students, contractors, and/or TU staff for project management, and/or consultants if their portion of the project meets the evaluation criteria and if there is significant TU volunteer involvement.

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 (excluding TU staff employed for project management)
- Partially or fully completed projects that are seeking reimbursement for expenses incurred before May 15th.
- 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

In this session, chapter and council leaders will learn about the unique EAS application process that is geared toward supporting their grant writing and project development experience.
- Mar 15, 2021 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To register and for additional information, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Please note the following 2021 EAS funding cycle deadlines:
- March 15 – Embrace A Stream webinar registration
- 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

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.

By April 15, applicants are required to notify the EAS Committee member in their region by phone, email, or in person that they will be submitting a proposal. Grant seekers should use this opportunity to get advice and guidance on potential project applications before submitting a draft proposal.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Trout Unlimited, National Office
1777 N. Kent Street, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22209
Toll free: (800) 834-2419
Fax: (703) 284-9400

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