The program learned Monday it was considered a finalist in the running for a $50,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Everything promotion.
The groups combined forces in November to attempt to secure grant money, but fell short. However, they placed among the top 10 vote getters in their category in the month of December.
Now, the programs must go through the process of filing paperwork to see if they can secure the grant money. The top 10 vote getters will learn if they will receive grant money Jan. 23.
Northview High School band director Bob Medworth told The Brazil Times the process can be a bit taxing.
"Now, we have to verify the worthiness of our grant and submit documentation that we are a qualified organization," Medworth said. "They have to verify who we are, which is the same process we went through last August."
In August, the band program received a $25,000 grant through the promotion and eventually starred in a Pepsi commercial.
"We were real antsy during this process in August," Medworth said. "There's a lot of paperwork to fill out. And I still live by the theory that I'll believe it when I see it."
Medworth said the programs began the process Monday after learning they were a finalist.
According to Medworth, if the programs receive the grant money, it will be used for the following items:
* $37,500 -- marching band uniforms,
* $5,000 -- percussion equipment,
* $3,500 -- guard uniforms,
* $2,500 -- cheerleading uniforms,
* $1,000 -- sound equipment, and
* $500 -- a sewing machine for uniform upkeep.
The Habitat for Humanity of Clay County organization was also in the running for a $25,000 grant through the promotion during the month of December, but fell short of qualifying as a finalist.
Habitat for Humanity placed 11th overall, but automatically qualified to compete for grant money again this month.
According to information provided by Habitat for Humanity representatives, the organization plans to utilize grant money for the following items:
* $5,900 -- subfloor, trusses, framing, OSB board,
* $1,100 -- electrical,
* $4,500 -- plumbing,
* $1,700 -- windows and doors,
* $4,400 -- siding, roofing, guttering, insulation,
* $6,400 -- furnace and air condition, and
* $1,000 -- finishing drywall.
Voting may also take place daily via text message by sending a text to 73774 and placing 104282 in the subject header.
Currently, Habitat for Humanity ranks 77th among all grant pursuers.
Voting for this month ends Monday, Jan. 31.