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Grants from Barth Trust Awarded

Twelve organizations in the Sistersville and greater Tyler County area have been awarded grant funds totaling $106,186.46 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.

A reception was held today at the Paden City Public Library where Trust representatives celebrated with grantees.

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.  Total giving from the Barth Charitable Trust totaled $338,186.46 this year.

The following grant recipients were announced:

American Red Cross Support for Home Fire Campaign and direct family assistance $5,000.00
ArtsLink, Inc. Concert featuring Twin Kennedy $1,500.00


Catholic Charities West Virginia, Inc. Support for food pantry and emergency rent/utility assistance $5,500.00
City of New Martinsville –
Parks & Recreation Department
Accessibility improvements at Lewis Wetzel pool $7,000.00
Make-A-Wish Funding for one wish of a Tyler County child $4,400.00
Olive Branch Animal Rescue & Refuge, Inc. Drainage and walls for dog kennel $16,478.70
Paden City Foundation, Inc. Improvements to building that houses the Paden City Museum and Cultural Center $10,000.00
Paden City Public Library Siding for building $10,000.00
Tyler County Family Resource Network Support for the Community Essentials Closet $12,000.00
Tyler County Unit #1 Defibrillator for ambulance $16,000.00
Wetzel County Center for Children and Families Building improvements to enhance privacy $10,330.00
Wetzel County Schools Communication boards for playgrounds $7,977.76


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.