Funding decisions will be made in December or January. In most years projects may commence as early as March. However, at times, finalization of federal funding has been delayed until June. These dates are important because reimbursable work can not be initiated until federal funding is available and a grant contract is fully executed by officials from the local government and History Colorado. The NPS prefers that the contract is signed by your mayor or county commission chair. Please note that projects requesting funding for segments of a long-term project are not guaranteed funding for future phases. Each year's grant application will be judged on its merits for the time period of the proposed project.