Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Cemetery Preservation Grant for Pikeville City Cemetery

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 17, 2005  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

               Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today that the city of Pikeville will receive a $25,000 cemetery preservation grant for the renovation of the Pikeville City Cemetery.

            Governor Ernie Fletcher said, “The maintenance of cemeteries is an important part of the rediscovery and preservation of the history within a community.  I am pleased to give the city of Pikeville these funds.”

            Funds will be used for initial cleanup, the construction of a retaining wall, excavation, fill and seeding of the cemetery.  The retaining wall will prevent slides from occurring on High Street.

            Senator Ray Jones noted, “Individuals often utilize cemeteries as a resource to trace their family history.  This funding will protect the Pikeville City Cemetery in order to allow individuals the opportunity to conduct such research.”

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

            “Not only is this funding preserving a piece of history, it is also protecting the public from potential dangers resulting from a landslide in the cemetery to High Street,” said Representative Keith Hall.  “I am pleased to see Pikeville receive this funding.”

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 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.