Governor's Office for Local Development
DLG Announces Availability of Cemetery Preservation Grants

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 30, 2008  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, KY (September 30, 2008) –  Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Tony Wilder has announced that the agency will reopen the window for applications for the Cemetery Preservation Fund.  The purpose of the program is to provide grants for the restoration and maintenance of non-profit cemeteries not receiving perpetual care funds. 

Although the program only has $38,000 to distribute at this time, Wilder said this amount can still be divided among applicants to make a difference in several communities. 

“Across the state there are many significant and historic cemeteries that have been neglected and are in a state of disrepair,” said Commissioner Wilder.  “Hopefully these funds can be utilized by cemetery associations, civic groups and concerned citizens to restore these sacred places to a condition that befits the respect we hold for those who have passed before us.” 

The grants will be awarded in increments ranging from $500-$2,000.  DLG will begin accepting applications November 1 through December 31 of this year and grants will be awarded in early 2009.   Only counties which have established a county cemetery board pursuant to KRS 67.680 are eligible to apply; however, cemeteries, not-for-profit historical or genealogical organizations and not-for-profit local community or civic groups are encouraged to pursue funding through their fiscal courts to participate in the program. 

The Cemetery Preservation Fund requires a dollar to dollar match by the applicant that may be cash or from in-kind labor or equipment use. 

This fund was originally establish by the Kentucky Legislature and first received funding during fiscal year 2003 and received additional dollars through FY06 but no more money has been allotted since then due to budgetary constraints.  The current $38,000 balance comes from recaptured or unused dollars from previous grants. 

For more information or to submit an application during the designated window, visit or call 1-800-346-5606.