Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Grants Funding to Floyd County

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 28, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

            Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced three Cemetery Preservation grants for the Honaker/Justice Cemeteries, the Middle Creek National Battlefield Cemetery and the John Graham Cemetery. 

     “It is important to the history of this commonwealth that these cemeteries be preserved and maintained,” GOLD Commissioner Ellen Williams said.  “Through this funding, these three cemeteries will remain in good condition for other generations to enjoy.”

            The Honaker/Justice Cemetery will receive $2,915 for initial cleanup, landscaping, fencing, signage, tombstone repairs and improving access roads.

            Senator Johnny Ray Turner said, “Cemeteries are vital to performing genealogical research to trace family history.  I am pleased that this administration has allocated money for Floyd County and the Middle Creek National Battlefield Foundation.”

            The Middle Creek National Battlefield Cemetery Foundation of Prestonsburg will receive a $2,730 cemetery preservation grant for the cleanup of the cemetery and an inventory of gravesites.

     Representative Hubert Collins said the cemetery preservation project is part of a larger plan for the area. “The foundation was recently awarded an Appalachian Regional Commission Flex-E grant to develop a master plan for the entire Civil War battlefield.  This is all about preserving the heritage of Floyd County, and I was pleased to play a part in getting this grant.”

     The John Graham Cemetery will receive $2,000 for initial cleanup and restoration.

            “Projects like these mean so much to the local residents as it preserves a portion of history,” said Representative Charles Meade.  “I am pleased to see Floyd County receive these grants.”

            The checks were presented to Floyd County Deputy Judge/Executive Brett Davis.  Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin and Frank Fitzpatrick, Founder and President of the Middle Creek National Battlefield Cemetery Foundation, were also in attendance.  Sergeant Jerry Hardy with the Allen Central High School ROTC Cadets presented the colors for the presentation.

                The Kentucky Cemetery Preservation program funds maintenance, preservation and restoration activities.

Examples of eligible 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 comprised of representatives from the Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC), the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) and the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission and chaired by the Commissioner of GOLD.