Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Approves Funding for Rowan County

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 24, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

          Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $22,000 Cemetery Preservation Fund grant for Rowan County.  Funds will be used to restore five cemeteries. 

“By restoring and maintaining the cemeteries where our families, friends and fellow Kentuckians are buried, we honor their memory," said Governor Fletcher. "It is important for us to help the citizens of Rowan County in honoring their loved ones in this way.”

Cemetery Preservation Fund grants will be made to the Cassity Cemetery, Poston Cemetery, Parker-Turner Cemetery, Baldridge Cemetery and Richards Cemetery to perform initial cleanup, landscaping, signage, and restore interiors roads. 

            Senator Walter Blevins (D-West Liberty) said, “These Rowan County cemeteries are a very important part of maintaining East Kentucky’s history and they should be protected.”

            “Family members will appreciate this support to restore the cemeteries where their loved ones rest.  I'm very glad Rowan County historic cemeteries will be renovated through this GOLD funding," said Representative Rocky Adkins (D-Sandy Hook).

            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.