Yes, we can. But there is a risk in doing so. Competition for the grants is strong, with a preference given to needy communities. Next time around, we might not make the cut; indeed, Hingham applied in 1998 but was rejected. The state grant, by unanimous vote of the Commission, is now on the table for Hingham; it might not be, next time around. Local support and commitment is an important factor in the Commissioners’ decisions. If we decline to accept the money this time, that history will be on the record when we apply again.