Make A Nomination

The Max Dalton Open Government Award has been given each year since 1999 to a citizen or group judged to be an outspoken advocate of openness in either public records or public meetings on the state or local level.

Nominations for the Max Dalton Open Government Award may be made at any time. Selection of winners is done once per year, usually in April, by a selection committee composed of open government advocates and past winners of the award.

Nominations should include specific examples where the nominee has used Idaho's open meeting or public records laws to advance their cause.

Where possible, provide Web links to published new stories or broadcasts, or provide newspaper clippings, correspondence or other independent evidence of the nominee's open-government activities.

Recipients receive a custom-made art plate and a check for $1,000.

Click Here to see photos of previous award plates and a profile of the artist.

E-mail nominations to or mail to Idaho Newspaper Foundation, 1000 First St., McCall, ID 83638.

For questions, contact Tom Grote, executive director, at (208) 634-2123 or


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