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Grants from Barth Trust Awarded

Several organizations in the Sistersville and greater Tyler County area have been awarded grant funds totaling $180,602 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 Amber Baumberger of WesBanco Trust and Investment Services, Linda Henriksen, Sabrina Kyle, Ashley Blake 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.

2022 Barth Charitable Trust recipients:

Adams House MinistriesProtein Packed Difference$10,800.00
ArtsLink, Inc.ArtsLink Concert Events 22-23$3,100.00
Catholic Charities West VirginiaBasic Needs Assistance$6,000.00
City of New Martinsville Parks and Recreation DepartmentPurchase of outdoor exercise equipment$14,000.00
City of SistersvilleSistersville Park Shelter Roof and Downspout Replacement$22,076.00
City of SistersvilleFerry 2023$19,500.00
Community Resources, Inc.Esther Crumbley Christmas$8,000.00
Crittenton Foundation, Inc.Improving Community-Based Mental Health Counseling in Tyler and Wetzel Counties$20,376.00
Mater Dolorosa Catholic ChurchThird Thursday Soup Lunch$10,000.00
NAMI Greater Wheeling, IncNAMI Connection Adult Support Group$6,050.00
New Martinsville ElementaryImproving literacy by rewarding good behavior$10,500.00
Olive Branch Animal Rescue & Refuge, Inc.Refurbishment of the Large Dog Kennel$9,855.00
Sistersville 1st United Methodist ChurchFaith Hands (Hygiene Products and Supplies)$9,920.00
Sistersville Public LibraryLibrary Equipment Upgrade$5,000.00
Town of FriendlyCommunity Center ADA Restroom Improvement and Expansion Project$20,000.00
Tyler County SchoolsAfterschool Art Program$5,425.00

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.