Webster Twp., Graham cemeteries receive funding

The Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing has awarded $104,000 in grants to 44 cemeteries, including two in Wood County, through the Fiscal Year 2023 Cemetery Grant Fund.

Webster Township Cemetery received $2,500 to install a cemetery information kiosk.

Graham Cemetery in Montgomery Township received $2,500 to repair retaining walls.

The division registers more than 4,100 cemeteries in the state and administers the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission which assists in resolving complaints against registered cemeteries through mediation and conciliation.

“This is the fourth year the division has awarded the grant for registered nonprofit cemeteries, which can be used for exceptional maintenance of their grounds or training of their personnel,” Division Superintendent Daphne Hawk said. “We are honored to provide funds to help Ohio’s cemeteries improve record keeping, restore monuments, repair fencing and improve signage.”

The grant is funded by $1 of every $2.50 from burial permit fees received by the division. Cemeteries that applied and did not receive funding this year are encouraged to apply again next year.

Grants were awarded this year to cemeteries in 32 Ohio counties.

For more information, visit com.ohio.gov/real.