COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing is awarding $75,357 to 65 cemeteries in 34 counties throughout Ohio through the new Cemetery Grant Fund.
The fund defrays the costs of exceptional cemetery maintenance or training cemetery personnel in the maintenance and operation of a cemetery. In March 2017, Representative Dick Stein (R-Norwalk) introduced House Bill 168, including the Cemetery Grant Fund, which passed into law and became effective Oct. 29, 2018.
“The maintenance of cemetery grounds varies widely, and many cemeteries will be able to use these funds to repair damages from the devasting tornadoes that ravaged part of our state earlier this year, even preventing injury from monuments on the verge of collapsing,” said Department of Commerce Director Sheryl Maxfield. “This new grant fund will be instrumental in helping so many Ohio cemeteries.”
The division received more than $300,000 in requests for the $80,000 in available funding.
In Miami County, Newberry Township was awarded $3,500 for mausoleum repair in Highland Cemetery.
“This was a very competitive funding round, requiring us to make some very difficult decisions regarding who will receive awards,” said Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing Superintendent Anne Petit. “I want to encourage cemeteries that did not receive funding this year to reapply next year.”
Registered, non-profit cemeteries may apply for the grant, which is funded by $1 of every $2.50 from the burial permit fees received by the division.