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Grants from Barth Trust Awarded

Seventeen organizations in the Sistersville and greater Tyler County area have been awarded grant funds totaling $147,641 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 Yeager.

A reception was held today at the Council of Senior Tyler Countians.  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, Inc. Concert and outreach activity at the Sistersville Genesis Center $1,500.00
Catholic Charities West Virginia, Inc. Food panty and emergency assistance programs $5,000.00


Council of Senior Tyler Countians, Inc. Drainage and foundation repairs $21,700.00
Crittenton Services, Inc. TIES Liaison at Sistersville Elementary School for 2019-2020 school year $13,000.00
Friends of Paden City Pool Replacement of baby pool with splash pad $10,000.00
Gabriel Project of WV, Inc. Continuation and expansion of services in Tyler County $3,600.00
Olive Branch Animal Rescue & Refuge, Inc. Concrete and drainage work for cat quarantine building $16,506.00
Paden City Development Authority Repairs to roof in the Paden City Industrial Park $10,000.00
Paden City Foundation, Inc. Improvements to building that houses the Paden City Museum and Cultural Center $20,742.00
Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce Replacement of playground equipment $8,938.00
Sistersville Public Library Repairs to library carport roof $7,000.00
Tyler County Family Resource Network Back to School Fair $5,000.00
Tyler County 4-H & Farm Community Center Association Upgrades to boy’s dorm at the Tyler County 4-H Camp $5,000.00
Wetzel-Tyler Child Advocacy Center, Inc. Facility improvements at the Lighthouse Child Advocacy Center $5,950.00
Wetzel County Emergency Ambulance Authority, Inc. Upgrade to an electric patient cot in one ambulance $4,745.00
Wetzel County Hope and Memories Support for transportation program $2,000.00
Youth Services Systems, Inc. Youth Mentoring Network support for Tyler County $7,500.00

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.