EDGERTON Cemetery chapel could be restored with Heritage Lottery cash.
Kirklees Council wants to submit a bid to the fund to return the 1850s chapel to its former glory.
Money has already been allocated as part of the council's £5m capital programme for improvements of cemeteries and crematoria across Kirklees over the next three years.
But a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund could realise four times the £100,000 which has been set aside to improve the deteriorating Edgerton building.
Colin Green, assistant head of culture and leisure services for Kirklees Council, said if the cash was forthcoming the project could be completed within the next two to five years.
A similar restoration could also be done in the Dewsbury area.
Kirklees Council's Bereavement Services manages and operates the council's thirteen cemeteries at Edgerton, Kirkheaton, Lockwood, Almondbury, Skelmanthorpe, Slaithwaite, Dewsbury, Batley, Heckmondwike, Liversedge, Earlsheaton and two in Cleckheaton and the crematoria at Huddersfield and Dewsbury.
There are about 4,000 deaths in Kirklees each year. Around 80% are cremated and 20% buried,
The national figures are 70% and 30%.
Mr Green said the council had no problems overall with plans regarding future burial space.
He said, with the exception of Edgerton, all the council's graveyards had extensive developable land which could be used once available plots were used.
In the case of Edgerton, although there was no room for new plots, many graves had been allocated to take more than once body - so space was available.
The council has no plans in the immediate future to introduce woodland burial options similar to that at a private Birkby site.
But talks are ongoing about the possibility of providing specific Muslim burial grounds.
These would accommodate Muslim believers who make up around 9% of the Kirklees population.
Muslim graves require specific preparation under the demands of the Koran and bodies to be buried within 24 hours.
Mr Green said there was no imminent pressure on Kirklees burial grounds, such as there is in London boroughs.
This has controversially led to unrelated bodies being buried in graves where records have shown that a plot was suitable for two or three bodies and where no information regarding ownership could be found within the last 50 years.