Governor's Office for Local Development
Taylor County Receives Cemetery Preservation Grant for Various Cemeteries

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 21, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

           Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $14,150 Cemetery Preservation Grant for Taylor County.  This grant will be used for improvements to various cemeteries across the county. 

            “It is important for all of Kentucky to have cemeteries that reflect safety and accessibility," said Governor Fletcher. "These funds will enhance the beautiful landmarks within Taylor County."

            Cemetery Preservation Funds will be used to perform initial cleanup, landscaping, fencing, tombstone repairs and cleaning. 

Senator Dan Kelly (R-Springfield) said, “In making these burial ground improvements, Taylor County is addressing the needs of its people.”

The recipients of the state cemetery preservation grant program are: Crown Hill Cemetery, Bright Cemetery, Miller Cemetery and Tebbs Bend Battlefield Cemetery.  The Tebbs Bend Battlefield Cemetery has one of the earliest recorded confederate monuments erected in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  This cemetery is a part of the National Discovery Civil War Trail and the John Hunt Morgan Trail in Kentucky Heritage Trail.  

            "I am pleased to see this funding and look forward to seeing how our cemeteries use the funds to maintain and even restore these hallowed grounds,” said Representative Russ Mobley (R-Campbellsville).  He also noted, “Our cemeteries are so important to our community, they provide a beautiful resting place for our ancestors and it is crucial we do all we can to provide their graves the dignity and respect they deserve."

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.     

The attached photograph features (from left to right):  Senator Dan Kelly and Taylor County Judge/Executive Paul Patton.