The Vermont Old Cemetery Association offers grants for restoring abandoned or neglected cemeteries. VOCA currently awards 2 to 1 matching grants (for every two dollars that VOCA gives, the organization responsible for the funds must give one dollar) up to $750.00 and with special approval may make additional funds available. When professionals perform the work $750.00 doesn't go far; it can go a long way with volunteers doing the work of the project.

Also, VOCA members conduct work days and training sessions throughout the state, in cemeteries large and small, righting and cleaning grave markers, clearing brush, fixing fences, repairing damaged markers, and recording inscriptions.

There are burial grounds throughout the state that truly meet the "abandoned and neglected" criteria that VOCA was formed to improve. We encourage all who have cemeteries in need of preservation or restoration to contact your responsible town officials, such as cemetery commissioners or selectboard members and request that they provide funds (or in-kind goods and services) for this purpose. The grant application is available at the link below, or for more information, contact:

Dianne Leary
1st VP & Grants Administrator
4670 Greenbush Rd. Charlotte, VT 05445
Phone: 802-881-2754

Click here to download the GRANT APPLICATION!