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Barth Trust Grants Announced

Several organizations in the Sistersville and greater Tyler County area have been awarded grant funds totaling $148,451 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 recommended by an advisory committee comprised of stakeholders and advisors.  This structure supports 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, Sabrina Kyle, Tammi Bowers and Judy Yeager.

The Barths established the Trust to extend their dedication to the Sistersville area after their death.  Through this, the Barths’ interest in supporting animal rescue and refuge, community organizations and beautification efforts can continue in perpetuity.  In addition to the support provided through the competitive grant program, the Trust provides designated annual funding to the Nature Conservancy and Olive Branch Animal Rescue and Refuge, Inc.

The following grant recipients were announced:

ArtsLink, Inc. ArtsLink Concerts 2021 $5,000.00
Catholic Charities West Virginia Catholic Charities – Basic Needs Assistance $6,000.00
City of New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Department Purchase of equipment and materials to install a Disc Golf Course. $6,500.00
City of Sistersville The Sistersville Ferry $15,000.00
City of Sistersville Replacement Pumps and Removal of Paint for Sistersville Pool $7,851.00
City of Sistersville Sistersville City Building Fascia and Soffit Repairs $27,000.00
Community Resources, Inc. Esther Crumbley Christmas Fund 2021 $1,500.00
Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia Wishmakers $5,000.00
Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church Third Thursday Soup Lunch $10,000.00
Olive Branch Animal Rescue & Refuge, Inc. Driveway Revitalization Project $15,000.00
Paden City Public Library Library Computer Upgrades $5,000.00
Sistersville 1st United Methodist Church Faith Hands Free Community Breakfast & Necessities Closet – hygiene supplies $7,000.00
Sistersville Public Library Seniors Bridging the Digital Divide $5,000.00
The Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center Roof replacement for the Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center $6,500.00
Town of Friendly Town of Friendly Community Center – purchase of AC unit $18,100.00
Tyler County Family Resource Network Inc Back to School Fair – supplies $8,000.00

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 or by calling CFOV at 304-242-3144.