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Historic Cemeteries Grant Program

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Schools, Agencies, and
Individuals to Maintain Culturally Significant Burial Sites

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) - Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC)

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Deadline Date:

05/05/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $8,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations, schools, government agencies, and individuals for the preservation and maintenance of culturally significant burial sites. Funding is intended for activities related to preservation and restoration, training and education, research and interpretation, and protection and security of historical cemeteries.

Eligible projects may include but are not limited to security fencing or lighting, skilled monument repair or training, conservation of historic elements such as fencing, curbs, markers, etc., documentation and mapping, signage, landscape restoration, planning, and interpretation.

Reparations must be completed using appropriate preservation practices. Applicants should specify how the work will be completed and/or include references for past work completed using appropriate methods. The National Park Service, the Association for Gravestone Studies, the National Preservation Institute, and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries all offer information on preservation practices in historic cemeteries.


  • The capability of the applicant to carry out the proposed project.
  • The effectiveness of the proposed project to address the historic aspects and long term preservation of the cemetery.


  • Projects with a well‐prioritized clearly explained the work plan with an appropriate level of detail and realistic cost estimates.
  • Geographic diversity.
  • Project readiness, including matching dollar share in‐hand.
  • Projects that are part of a long-range plan.
  • Projects that document, preserve, or interpret the history of voices previously marginalized or excluded. For example, this may include ethnicities, races, genders, classes, etc., or themes like labor, immigration, etc.
  • Projects on publically accessible cemeteries are not prioritized over cemeteries that are accessible by appointment only. The purpose of the program is the preservation of historic cemeteries.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179927

Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical awards are in the range of $1,000 - $8,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects that will begin and end during the grant cycle qualify. Grant cycle extensions are extremely rare.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Cemeteries: Any cemetery or burial site which contains at least one burial of a person who died before February 14, 1909.
- Applicants: Individual citizens, organizations, schools, governments, and nonprofits may apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An online grant workshop will take place on March 4, 2021, between 2:00 and 3:00 PM.

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Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:
- Deadline: May 5, 2021 (11:59 pm)
- Notification: July 1, 2021
- Reporting deadline: April 30, 2022

A dollar match for funds requested is not required, though OCHC encourages you to seek local funding in addition to your grant request. Local financial support allows the program to assist more historic cemeteries and fosters local support for the cemetery. Match can be in the form of cash, in‐kind donations and volunteer time.

Grants must be submitted through the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Grants Online program. There will be two grant cycles in the 2021-2023 biennium.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Kuri Gill, Historic Cemetery Grant Program Coordinator
(503) 986-0685

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