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Grants from Barth Trust Awarded

Fourteen organizations in the Sistersville and greater Tyler County area have been awarded grant funds totaling $111,470 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 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 City Building on Friday.  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 in perpetuity.

The following grant recipients were announced:

ArtsLink Jenny Wilson Jazz Trio Valentine Event and Art Exhibit $1,500.00
City of New Martinsville Parks & Recreation Playground Equipment $5,000.00
City of Sistersville Parks & Recreation Skate Park $5,800.00
City of Sistersville Parks & Recreation Shower House/Bathroom $10,000.00
City of Sistersville/Sistersville Ferry Dock Materials and Construction for Kayak Launch $15,000.00
Council of Senior Tyler Countians, Inc. Treadmill $4,440.00
Crittenton Foundation, Inc. TIES program at Sistersville Elementary School $14,250.00
Olive Branch Animal Rescue & Refuge, Inc. Construction of a Pigpen Building $13,544.00
Salvation Army Emergency Assistance Programs in Tyler County $5,000.00
Sistersville General Hospital Defibrillator $15,000.00
Sistersville Lions Club Playground Equipment $5,236.00
Tyler County 4-H and Farm Community Dormitory Upgrades at Tyler County 4-H Camp $5,000.00
Tyler County Family Resource Network Back to School Fair $5,000.00
Wetzel County Emergency Ambulance Authority, Inc. Replacement of Equipment Destroyed by Flood $5,000.00
Wetzel-Tyler Child Advocacy Center, Inc. (The Lighthouse) Office Equipment and Materials for Abuse/Prevention Campaign $1,700.00

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.