Two Penticton Indian Band-controlled companies and the economic development corporation that assists them have received $30,000 in provincial seed funding to develop community-building programming.

The K’uL Management Group — formerly Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation — and the Snpinktn Forestry and Westhills Westhills Aggregates limited partnerships each received $10,000 in grant funding.

The grant applications were written for the companies through the K’uL Group.

  • The K’uL Group was granted $10,000 to develop a brand and business plan for an Indigenous-owned tourism company.
  • Snpinktn Forestry Penticton was granted $10,000 for a feasibility study and the development of a business plan to create a forestry standard designation and industry training program that reflects First Nation traditions and priorities.
  • Westhills Aggregates Penticton was granted $10,000 to support an initiative to rebrand, update their website, and create a marketing plan for the First Nations owned company.

Sn’pink’tn signed an agreement with the Provincial Government in 2007 and now  manages two Non-Replaceable Forest Licenses (NRFL) within the Okanagan Nation traditional territory, actively harvesting beetle infested pine and spruce.

As well, Sn’pink’tn has a working partnership with Gorman Brothers Lumber Ltd, developing cutting permits and assisting with timber cruising.

Established in 1992, Westhills Aggregates specializes in construction sand and gravel services, with an emphasis on – and a complete selection of – crushing (cracked rocks) and screening (naturally round rocks) construction aggregate.

In addition to trucking and delivering construction products for customers, Westhills Aggregates also employs excavation equipment that allows for both small and large construction jobs, including road maintenance, site preparation, excavation, snow removal and plowing, water line installations and septic system installations.

The grants are part of $673,124 in project development grants made available by the BC government to support rural communities through the BC Rural Dividend program.

Sixty-eight local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations were granted funding to reinvigorate and diversify local economies.

Under the Rural Dividend project development funding stream, up to $10,000 is provided to eligible applicants to do preliminary work that is necessary to pursue larger community projects in the future.