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Grants from Barth Trust Awarded

Twelve organizations in Sistersville and greater Tyler County area have been awarded grant funds totaling $131,757 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 determined 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 Public Library on Wednesday. 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 for all time.

The following grant recipients were announced:

ArtsLink Sistersville Performance $750.00
City of Sistersville Ramp for Handicap Accessibility $54,000
City of Sistersville Parks & Recreation Pool Ramp $2,000
City of Sistersville Parks & Recreation New Camp Sites $8,000
Council of Senior Tyler Countians New Elliptical for Exercise Room $4,309
Gabriel Project Services in Tyler County $9,395
Olive Branch Animal Rescue & Refuge Cat Quarantine Building $5,000
Sistersville Ferry Radar System and Radio $16,577
Sistersville Public Library Youth Center $5,000
Sistersville Hospital Refrigerator for the Laboratory $12,026
Sistersville Volunteer Fire Department Community Emergency Center Project $5,000
Tyler County Family Resource Network Back to School Fair $4,000
Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce Entrance Signage for Sistersville $5,700

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.

Since 1972, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has connected donors who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life in the Upper Ohio Valley. With assets of more than $34 million, the Foundation assisted in distributing more than $2 million in grants and scholarships during 2015-16. From strengthening community schools to assisting local arts programs, from building health centers to assisting victims of violence or natural disasters, the Community Foundation continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Foundation online at