Funding of $431K Awarded by ETSI-BC to Support 21 Projects in the Southern Interior

KELOWNA, BC – Communities in the Southern Interior of BC have something to celebrate this summer.  The Economic Trust of the Southern Interior (ETSI-BC) has just announced the successful applicants of its Spring Funding Intake, and awarded over $431,000 in funding to support 21 projects that will help build and diversify the region’s economy.  Project partners include local governments, First Nations and non-profit organizations in BC’s Southern Interior.

“With this latest batch of approved projects, ETSI-BC continues to help grow local economies. Since re-launching as ETSI-BC, we have approved more than $5.2 million in grant funding in support of our Strategic Pillars. These projects have a total value of almost $14 million, and have helped create or maintain more than 20,000 jobs in the region,” notes Laurel Douglas, CEO of ETSI-BC.

ETSI-BC Spring Funding Intake Approvals by Region
Both Regions $20,0005%

The impact of ETSI-BC funding can be felt in all corners of the BC Southern Interior.  Projects approved in this Funding Intake are being undertaken in three First Nations and Regional Districts in the Southern Interior, including the Thompson-Nicola, Okanagan Similkameen, Central Okanagan, Central Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary, East Kootenay, and the Columbia Shuswap.

“On behalf of the ETSI-BC Board, I am delighted to share this news,” said Sharon Shepherd, ETSI-BC Board Chair. “These projects will help build economic development capacity in our communities, support innovation and help advance key sectors of our region’s economy.”

Laurel Douglas added, “We are so proud of the difference we are making all over the Southern Interior and look forward to seeing these exciting projects come to fruition.”  Here is a list of projects approved in the ETSI-BC Spring Funding Intake:

?Akisq̓nuk First NationTourism Amenity Needs Assessment $15,000
Barriere Chamber of CommerceDestination Barriere: Live, Work & Play$15,000
Business Alliance for Artisan Fermenters and Distillers (Oliver)Job Sharing Project for Artisan Beverage Producers$20,000
Community Futures Central KootenayKootenay Regional Film Studio Feasibility Study$35,000
Community Futures East KootenaySocial Enterprise & Entrepreneurial Support for Non-Profit Organizations$15,000
Creston Valley Chamber of CommerceCreston Valley Chamber of Commerce Economic Revitalization Plan$15,000
District of ElkfordElkford Economic Development Strategy$15,000
District of PeachlandPeachland Downtown Revitalization Implementation Strategy$35,000
District of Sicamous Development CorporationHighlighting Sicamous: Investment & Community Profiles$15,000
Falkland Historical SocietyTourism Info Centre & Bistro$22,300
Fernie Chamber of CommerceEconomic Development Service – Elk Valley$9,500
Golden Community Economic Development SocietyCommercial & Industrial Property Resource Project$14,950
Golden Cycling ClubEconomic Impact Study 2023$10,100
Kootenay Outdoor Recreation Enterprise Society (KORE)#KootenayApproved$35,000
Lower Columbia Community Development Team SocietyIncredible Farmers Market Expansion & Sustainability$30,000
Lower Columbia Initiatives CorporationWest Kootenay Border Crossing Impact Assessment$15,000
Lower Nicola Indian BandAspen Solar & Storage Project$35,000
Osoyoos Indian BandOIB Communications Strategy for Nk’Mip Forestry$15,000
Shuswap Economic Development SocietyScotch Creek Business Facade Pilot$15,000
Town of OliverStation Street Concept Plan Update$15,000
Village of Canal FlatsColumbia Valley Data Driven Economic Development Project$35,000

For More Information, please contact:

Laurel Douglas, CEO | 236.420.3680 |


ETSI-BC, the Economic Trust of the Southern Interior, was created in 2006 with a $50 million endowment to assist in the growth and diversification of the economy of the Southern Interior of BC. The Trust is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors, receiving input from Regional Advisory Committees made up of elected officials from both the Thompson-Okanagan and Columbia-Kootenay regions. We add value to the economic development ecosystem and provide funding for projects in four key funding streams:

1) Building economic development capacity,
2) Supporting business resilience and growth,
3) Developing human capital and
4) Innovating and advancing key sectors.
For more information about ETSI-BC, visit the Our Story page on our website at

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