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Neglected Cemetery Account Grant Program


Program Background and Purpose: 


C.G.S. Sec. 19a-308b established the Neglected Cemetery Account and authorizes OPM to make grants to eligible municipalities for the purpose of municipal maintenance of neglected burial grounds and cemeteries, as described in C.G.S. Sec. 19a-308.

Pursuant to C.G.S. Sec. 19a-308(a) a “neglected cemetery” is:

  • a burial ground or cemetery containing more than six places of interment;
  • a burial ground or cemetery that is not under the control or management of any currently functioning cemetery association; and
  • a burial ground or cemetery which has been neglected and allowed to grow up to weeds, briars and bushes, or about which the fences have become broken, decayed or dilapidated.


Allowable Use of Grant Funds: 


In accordance with C.G.S. Sec. 19a-308(a), only expenditures for the following four types of work can be reimbursed with Neglected Cemetery Account Grant funds:

  • Clearing of weeds, briars and bushes;
  • Mowing of the ground's lawn areas;
  • Repairing of the ground’s fences or walls; and
  • Straightening of memorial stones.


  • The state reserves the right to not award new grant funds from this program to those municipalities that have unexpended grant funds from a previously awarded Neglected Cemetery Account grant.
  • Additionally, pursuant to C.G.S. Sec. 8-23, as amended by P.A. 15-95, eligible municipalities will be those that have adopted a plan of conservation and development (POCD) within the past ten years.  Municipalities that have not adopted a POCD within the past ten years may be eligible for funding if compliant with C.G.S. Sec. 8-23(a)(2) and C.G.S. 8-23(b). See program guidelines for full details.

Announcements Regarding Applications for Funding:

When funds become available, such funding will be announced through a Request for Applications (RFA).  Such RFA will be posted to the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Contracting Portal and a link to the RFA will be posted to the OPM website.

Program Guidelines are available at THIS LINK.
2018 AWARDS: CLICK THIS LINK to review the list of towns selected to receive 2018 Neglected Cemetery Account Grants.  These grants will be contingent upon the towns' successful submission and approval of required contractual documents.  Selected towns should CLICK THIS LINK for required contract submittal instructions.





For questions related to required contract submittal paperwork or reimbursements, or to check the status of either, please contact Elizabeth.Mayo@ct.gov, 860-418-6330.


For programmatic questions, you may contact Martin Heft at 860-418-6355 or at Martin.Heft@ct.gov with questions pertaining to this grant program.


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