NEWS RELEASE:  For Immediate Release

Contact:  Laurie McConnell
Idaho Commerce – Tourism Development

Idaho Commerce Opens Applications for the 2019 Idaho Wild Rivers Grant Program

BOISE, Idaho (December 3, 2018) — Idaho Commerce is accepting applications for the Idaho Wild Rivers Grant Program for the 2019 grant cycle. Applications must be submitted via the Department’s online portal by 4 p.m. MST, January 31, 2019. Awards will be determined by the Wild Rivers advisory panel in February 2019.

Under Section 49-419C, Idaho Code, proceeds from the sale of Wild Rivers specialty license plates may be used for one of the following purposes:

  • To promote whitewater river tourism within Idaho.
  • To promote, encourage or ensure safe use of Idaho’s whitewater rivers.
  • To improve user facilities or access to whitewater rivers.
  • To help clean up litter or promote good conservation practices by river users.

Eligible recipients of Wild Rivers grant funds are federal, state, or local government agencies, or incorporated non-profit organizations related to whitewater river recreation.

The Wild Rivers advisory panel is made up of five members representing whitewater river communities and the rafting/kayaking industries. The panel is responsible for the award of funds.

Interested applicants can request access to the grant portal by emailing  A sample of the online application is available here.

For specific questions about the program, contact Grants and Contracts Program Specialist, Ewa Szewczyk, at

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