Department of Commerce - Eligibility for Grants - Cemetery grant advisory committee.

Published: 2019-06-07

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(A) For purposes of assisting in the administration of the cemetery grant fund, as provided in section 4767.10 of the Revised Code, the Ohio cemetery dispute resolution commission may appoint a grant advisory committee.

(B) The committee shall consist of seven voting members with three-year staggered terms. A chairperson and vice-chairperson shall be appointed annually by the commission, upon the qualification of the commission member(s) appointed in such year. The commission shall fill any committee vacancy within one hundred twenty days of such vacancy. Committee members may not serve more than two consecutive full terms.

(C) Membership shall be comprised of the superintendent or the superintendents designee, one representative of the Ohio township association, one representative of the Ohio municipal league, one representative of the Ohio cemetery association, one representative of the catholic conference of Ohio, one public member of the commission and one person actively involved in the operations of a cemetery registered with the division. The commission may remove any member who misses two consecutive meetings without an excused absence. A majority of the committee members shall constitute a quorum.

(D) The committee shall hold at least one meeting annually.

(E) The committee may:

(1) Advertise funding availability through, including but not limited to, issuing newsletter articles, press releases or website postings;

(2) Review and score grant applications of eligible grantees in accordance with the established grant guidelines and standard conditions;

(3) Recommend to the commission whether special circumstances of the application fall within exceptional maintenance as set forth in section 4767.10 of the Revised Code and this chapter;

(4) Recommend to the superintendent grant applications for funding.

(F) The division shall:

(1) Provide administrative support to the committee;

(2) Advertise funding availability;

(3) Provide tracking information on funded programs and projects, budget information and other information requested by the committee or commission.