Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Approves Funding for Greenup Cemeteries

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 20, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

           Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $1,855 Cemetery Preservation Fund grant for Greenup County.  Funds will be used to restore various cemeteries.

            “Cemetery preservation is important in maintaining a record of this state’s history," said Governor Fletcher. "This funding is important in order to keep these cemeteries in Greenup County in good shape for generations to come."

            Cemetery Preservation Funds will be used to perform initial cleanup, landscaping, signage, fencing and the installation of a flagpole. Improvements will be made to the Brammer Cemetery, the Hockaday Cemetery, the McConnell Cemetery, the Mount Ebo Cemetery, the Shuff-Davisson Cemetery and the Shreve Cemetery.

            “These cemeteries are important to the tradition and heritage of Greenup County,” said Senator Charlie Borders (R-Russell).  “I am pleased to see these projects receive funding.”

            Representative Tanya Pullin (D-South Shore) stated, "Cemeteries, in the field of genealogical research, are invaluable tools.  This funding will ensure that these Greenup County cemeteries will be preserved.  We have many great cemeteries in Greenup County, and I look forward to working with local officials and my colleagues to preserve more of them.”

            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.