Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Approves Funding for Walker’s Chapel United Methodist Church

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 30, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $19,770 Cemetery Preservation Fund grant for Walker’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  Funds will be used for the Church’s Cemetery. 

            Memorial Day weekend is a time for families to take time to honor the memory of those that have gone on before us," said Governor Fletcher, “These funds will allow this community to continue honoring their friends and family members while maintaining a vital part of Kentucky’s history.”

            Cemetery Preservation Fund grants will be used to repair and clean tombstones, replace fence and repave interior road. 

             Allen County continues to flourish, but they have not forgotten those who have made this community what it is today,” stated Senator Richie Sanders (R-Franklin) “This cemetery dates back to the civil war and has aged to the point where tombstones are no longer legible.  It is important to the residents of Allen County to repair these markers so that future generations can enjoy them.”

“The Allen County-Scottsville area has been helped by Cemetery Preservation Grants in the recent past with projects like The Old Cemetery, and I'm happy they'll be able to do it again,” said Representative Rob Wilkey (D-Scottsville).  Walker’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery is a significant piece of the history in Allen County.”

The Kentucky Cemetery Preservation program funds maintenance, preservation and restoration activities.  Examples of maintenance activities include initial cleanup and landscaping, purchasing equipment, fencing, signage and improving interior roads. Preservation and restoration activities include acquiring conservation easements, surveying boundaries and repairing and cleaning tombstones.

Other activities that are eligible for funding are historic research, archiving, training to support cemetery preservation and improving access roads.

Counties may establish five-member county cemetery boards to apply for grants. State agencies, local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations – cemeteries, historical and genealogical groups, and local civic groups – also may apply. However, applications from county boards will receive funding priority.

The maximum grant that a group can receive is $25,000 and the minimum grant is $1,000, and a one-to-one local match is required.

A five-member state board oversees the program and makes funding decisions. The state board is chaired by the Commissioner of GOLD and also represents the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission.