On 4/10, SecureIDNews reported that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has notified 27 finalists of "grants that would pilot portions of the identity ecosystem for the [NSTIC]." The article said that the finalists must decide whether to announce their status. I'll keep my eyes open for any such announcements. The finalists are likely made up of state and local government agencies, major companies, business start ups, and universities.
From here, the finalists must submit full proposals to NIST by May 10th. After that, NIST will choose 5 to 8 proposals that will receive a total of $10 million.