Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Cemetery Preservation Grant for Harrison County Cemeteries
Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today that the Harrison County Fiscal Court will receive a $17,588 Cemetery Preservation grant for restoration activities at the Cherry Grove, Barnes Family and Battle Grove cemeteries.
“As part of maintaining our state’s unique heritage, we must strive to preserve Kentucky’s cemeteries for future generations,” said Governor Fletcher. “The protection of these sites is vital to the history of the commonwealth.”
Grant dollars will be used for initial cleanup, landscaping and fencing. Funding will also be used to clean and repair tombstones.
Senator R. J. Palmer noted, “By protecting these cemeteries, we are making sure that these cemeteries are here in the future. These sites provide a tool for researching family as well as state history.”
“Cemeteries offer a rich narration of the commonwealth’s past,” Representative Thomas McKee said. “This funding will assure that a piece of Harrison County history will be maintained.”
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.