ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Village of Owego is one of this year's Preserve New York (PNY) grantees.

The grant of $8,000 will fund a Cultural Landscape Report of the Evergreen Cemetery, which will be used to help the Owego Village Cemetery Committee develop a long-term plan to guide preservation and management efforts, as well as to correct some of the ongoing deterioration currently plaguing the grounds and structures.

The Evergreen Cemetery was established in 1851. In recent years, it has suffered from deferred maintenance due to tight municipal budgets. Because of its location on a hillside, the cemetery has also been subjected to increased severe rain events, stormwater runoff, and drainage issues.

The 2019 PNY grant cycle was the most competitive in the program's 26-year history. An independent jury met in June to review over 70 applications. After two days of deliberations, $262,498 was awarded to 31 projects across 25 counties.