Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Approves Funding for Woodford County and the City of Midway

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 $5,000 Cemetery Preservation Fund grant for Woodford County and $3,566 for the city of Midway.  Funds will be used for the Midway Cemetery and the Bohannon Family Cemetery. 

                        By restoring and maintaining the cemeteries where our families, friends and fellow Kentuckians are buried, we honor their memory," said Governor Fletcher. "This is an important project for the citizens of Midway and Woodford County"

            Cemetery Preservation Fund grants will be used to restore the Bohannon Family Cemetery and to fence the Midway Cemetery. 

             Woodford County and the city of Midway residents should have cemeteries that are safe and secure for families to visit,” stated Senator Julian Carroll (D-Frankfort) said.  “It is very important that communities maintain this vital part of Kentucky’s history.”

Woodford County has a rich tradition in preservation.  These funds will allow us to continue that tradition,” said Representative Joe Barrows (D-Versailles).  “Members of the Bohannon Family were among the first settlers in Woodford County.  Both cemeteries date back to the 1800’s and are significant piece of the history of Woodford County.”

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.