Twelve organizations in Sistersville and greater Tyler County area have been awarded grant funds totaling $131,757 from the Harry E. and Olive T. Barth Charitable Trust.
The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley oversees the grant making process of the Trust, while WesBanco Bank, Inc. serves as Trustee and Investment Advisor. Grants and gifts made from the Trust are determined by an advisory committee comprised of stakeholders and advisors. This structure enables input from the community and encourages strategic use of available resources. Members of the advisory committee include Cindy Perring of WesBanco Trust and Investment Services, Linda Henriksen, Dr. Ralph Boone, Tammi Bowers and Judy Yaeger.
A reception was held at the Sistersville Public Library on Wednesday. Grantees and representatives of the Trust gathered to celebrate this significant philanthropic gift and learned more about the projects receiving funding.
The Barths established the Trust to extend their dedication to the Sistersville area after their death. Through this, the Barths’ interest in supporting animals, community organizations and beautification efforts can continue for all time.
The following grant recipients were announced:
|City of Sistersville||Ramp for Handicap Accessibility||$54,000|
|City of Sistersville Parks & Recreation||Pool Ramp||$2,000|
|City of Sistersville Parks & Recreation||New Camp Sites||$8,000|
|Council of Senior Tyler Countians||New Elliptical for Exercise Room||$4,309|
|Gabriel Project||Services in Tyler County||$9,395|
|Olive Branch Animal Rescue & Refuge||Cat Quarantine Building||$5,000|
|Sistersville Ferry||Radar System and Radio||$16,577|
|Sistersville Public Library||Youth Center||$5,000|
|Sistersville Hospital||Refrigerator for the Laboratory||$12,026|
|Sistersville Volunteer Fire Department||Community Emergency Center Project||$5,000|
|Tyler County Family Resource Network||Back to School Fair||$4,000|
|Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce||Entrance Signage for Sistersville||$5,700|
Grant applications for the Harry E. and Olive T. Barth Charitable Trust will be accepted on an annual basis. Interested applicants can learn more at www.cfov.org/grants or by calling CFOV at 304-242-3144.
Since 1972, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has connected donors who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life in the Upper Ohio Valley. With assets of more than $34 million, the Foundation assisted in distributing more than $2 million in grants and scholarships during 2015-16. From strengthening community schools to assisting local arts programs, from building health centers to assisting victims of violence or natural disasters, the Community Foundation continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Foundation online at www.cfov.org.