NEWS RELEASE:  For Immediate Release

Contact: Laurie McConnell
Idaho Tourism

Idaho Commerce Opens Applications for the 2024 Idaho Wild Rivers Grant Program

BOISE, Idaho (December 19, 2023) — Idaho Commerce is accepting applications for the Idaho Wild Rivers Grant Program for the 2024 grant cycle. Applications must be submitted via the Department’s online portal by 4:00 p.m. MST, February 2, 2024. Awards will be determined by the Wild Rivers advisory panel in February 2024.

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

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


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