2022-23 EAST Upgrade Grant for Arkansas Schools

Last updated 8/1/2023 8:20:13 AM

2022-23 EAST Upgrade Grant Information and submission link.

2022-23 EAST Upgrade Grant Information


Grant Timeline


  • Grant announcement -  Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 9:00 AM
  • EAST will begin accepting submissions (link opens) – Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 9:00 AM
  • Deadline for submissions (link closes) -  Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 3:00 PM
  • Deadline for signatures through Docusign - Thursday, October 27, 2022
  • Grants awarded – Tuesday, November 15, 2022
  • Deadline for purchases - Thursday, April 27, 2023
  • Deadline for EAST audit - Thursday, May 25, 2023


EAST Upgrade Grant Submission Process

The 2022-23 EAST Upgrade Grant submission link will open for applications on September 6, 2022, at 9:00 AM. All applications must be written using the supplied fillible PDF form and submitted digitally through the EAST Upgrade Grant submission link. The submission deadline is October 6, 2022 at 3:00 pm at which time the submission link will close.
When the application packet is received at EAST, the pdf will be converted into a Docusign document which will be sent to the applying program's facilitator, principal, and superintendent designated in the application. All 3 signatures will be required for the application to be complete. Signatures must be completed by Thirsday, October 27, 2022 at 3:00 PM.
Any applications received after the submission deadline or via fax, email, mail, or any method other than through the official submission link will be not be accepted.
Submission Instuctions
  • Download the file found below.
  • Rename the file by typing your school name at the front of the file name.
  • Open the file with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (a free download.)
  • Fill in the form. No signatures are required at this point.
  • Save the completed form.
  • Upload the form through the EAST Upgrade Grant Submission Page found on the EAST website.
  • When you receive the Docusign version of your application, sign where directed.
  • Inform your principal and superintendent to also sign the form when they receive it in their email.


Click Here to Download the Fillible PDF Application


Frequently Asked Questions

1.  If my district is providing more than $5,000 can I include that in the equipment list?

Certainly. The final purchase amount can be in any amount. The grant will match up to $5,000 maximum.

2.  What if we can’t commit this round?

You will be eligible for future grant cycles; however, this is a year-to-year grant pool. Annual funding for this grant is not guaranteed.

3.   Are there only specific items that can be purchased?

The EAST Upgrade Grant is for the purchase of hardware and software for the local EAST program. You do not have to purchase from the EAST specifications; however, items on the EAST specification list are readily accepted. You are encouraged to submit other hardware/software items for consideration that you believe would be of great benefit for your EAST program. Items of a consumable nature (e.g. toner) and classroom furniture/fixtures are not eligible.

4.  Can we amend what is ordered after submission?

Any deviation from the grant process or purchase list must be approved in writing prior to the purchase of equipment. Any changes would need to be of a comparable nature (upgrade make/model (e.g. server model Y instead of server model X ) versus total change (e.g. 3D Printer instead of Server). Departure from the approved list will result in forfeiture of grant funds. 

5.  Can the district use funding spent prior to grant application for matching?

Only funds expended after July 1, 2022 may be used for the match.

6.  What if we did not fully participate in required events?

If you did not fully participate in the required events, you will not be eligible for this cycle.  You are eligible when you meet all of the following:

Fully participate in Conference for two consecutive years, AND

Fully participate in EAST Seminar for two consecutive years, AND

Participate in at least 12 hours of Student Trainings in each of the previous two school years, AND

If applicable, fully participate in all sessions of Phase Training.

7.  What if our program didn’t meet the minimum of four additional events?

If you have not participated in at least four additional events, please remedy and apply next cycle. These are critical to program growth.

8.  What about taxes and shipping?

Taxes, shipping and handling should be figured into the total.

9.  What documentation do I need to keep and make available for the validation visit?

Be prepared to produce physical items, purchase documentation such as receipts, and classroom inventory.

10.  Can I get assistance on purchases with recommendations from the EAST staff?

Absolutely, in fact, you are encouraged to speak with members of the EAST staff that are most familiar with equipping the EAST classrooms with the latest in technologies and resources available.

11.  What is the Upgrade Submission Link?  Where do I find it?

We are requiring all grant applications to be submitted digitally through the Upgrade Grant Submission link. The link will be active starting at 9:00 AM on September 6, 2022.  The link will then close at 3:00 PM on October 6, 2022.  Any applications received after the submission deadline will NOT be accepted. Submissions other than through the upload link, including faxes, emails, and/or physically mailed packets and incomplete applications, will NOT be accepted

The Upgrade Grant Submission Link is located on the EAST Initiative Website, then click on “Grants” under the “Library” section.  From there click on the “EAST Upgrade Grant for Arkansas Schools” and the Upgrade Submission Link will be on that page.

12.  Are there any items that cannot be considered for purchasing?

Consumable supplies like toner and paper cannot be purchased unless included in an equipment bundle.

13.  Are there any types of items that require additional assurances when being considered for purchasing?

Items such as drones that require certification for legal use and potentially dangerous equipment, such as laser cutters. Licensing and precautions should be addressed in the Purchase Narrative.

Items not in a typical EAST classroom. Please detail reasoning to assist in the process.

Extreme items, such as very high end equipment. Details justifying the need must be provided.

Subscription software. Please work with your local purchasing agent for best pricing and consult EAST to confirm the software is not available through other means.

14.  Can I buy from any vendor?

Yes - we encourage districts to work with vendors for which they have good relationships. We can assist if needed on pricing or vendor recommendations. 


Schools Eligible to Apply

(based upon year of implementation and last Upgrade Grant awarded)

Ahlf Junior High School Gravette High School Monticello Middle School
Alpena High School Green Forest Schools Morrilton Senior High School
Annie Camp Junior High School Greenbrier High School Mountain Pine High School
Arkadelphia High School Greenbrier Middle School Mountain View High School
Arkansas High School Greene County Technical High School Mt. Vernon-Enola High School
Arkansas Middle School Gurdon High School Mulberry High School
Arkansas School for the Blind Hackler Intermediate School Murfreesboro High School
Armorel High School Hamburg High School Nashville High School
Barton High School Hamburg Middle School Nettleton High School
Batesville High School Charter Hampton High School Nettleton STEAM School
Batesville Junior High School Har-Ber High School North Little Rock High School
Bauxite Schools Harrisburg High School North Little Rock Middle School
Beebe Junior High School Harrison High School Conversion Charter Oak Grove Middle School
Beebe Middle School Harrison Middle School Oaklawn Stem Magnet School
Berryville High School Helen Tyson Middle School Osceola High School
Bismarck High School Hellstern Middle School Paragould High School
Brinkley High School Hermitage High School Paragould Junior High School
Brookland High School Hope Academy of Public Service Pinkston Middle School
Buffalo Island Central Junior High School Hope High School Pinnacle View Middle School
Cabot High School Horatio High School Pottsville High School
Calico Rock High School Hot Springs Junior Academy Pottsville Junior High School
Carver Magnet Elementary School Hot Springs World Class High School Prairie Grove High School
Cave City High Career & Collegiate Preparatory School Hoxie High School Prescott High School
Cedar Ridge Elementary School Huntsville High School Pulaski Heights Middle School
Cedarville High School Huntsville Middle School Randall G Lynch Middle School
Central High School (Little Rock) Izard Co. Cons. High School Rison Schools
Clinton High School J.O. Kelly Middle School Robert F. Morehead Middle School
Cossatot River High School Jerry "Pop" Williams Elementary School Russellville High School
Cross County High a New Tech School Jessieville High School Russellville Junior High School
Crossett High School Joe T. Robinson High School Searcy High School
Crossett Middle School Joe T. Robinson Middle School Sonora Middle School
Cutter Morning Star High School Jones Elementary School South Side High School (Bee Branch)
Dardanelle High School Lake Hamilton High School Southside Junior High School (Batesville)
DeWitt High School Lakeside High School (Lake Village) Southwest Junior High School
Dierks High School Lakeside Junior High School (Springdale) Star City High School
Don Roberts Elementary School Lakeside Middle School (Hot Springs) Star City Middle School
Don Tyson School of Innovation Lakeside Middle School (Lake Village) Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary School
Douglas MacArthur Junior High School Lee High School Sylvan Hills High School
Dover High School Lincoln High School Sylvan Hills Middle School
Dover Middle School Lincoln Middle School The Academies at Jonesboro High School
Drew Central High School Linda Childers Knapp Elementary School Thurman G. Smith Elementary School
Dumas High School Little Rock Hall Steam Magnet High School Two Rivers High School
Dumas Junior High School Lonoke High School Valley View High School
Dunbar Magnet Middle School Lonoke Middle School Valley View Junior High School
East Poinset County High School Mabelvale Middle School Viola High School
England High School Magazine High School Walker Elementary School
eStem East Village Junior High Public Charter School Magnet Cove High School Walnut Ridge High School
eStem High School Malvern Elementary School Warren High School
eStem Junior High Public Charter School Malvern High School West Side High School (Greers Ferry)
Eureka Springs High School Malvern Middle School Westside High School (Jonesboro)
Farmington High School Manila High School Westside Middle School (Jonesboro)
Farmington Junior High School Mansfield High School White Hall Middle School
Founders Classical Academies of Arkansas West Little Rock Marshall High School Willis Shaw Elementary School
Fountain Lake Charter High School Maumelle High School Wonderview High School
Genoa Central High School McCrory High School Woodlawn High School
Gentry High School Midland High School Wynne High School
Gentry Intermediate School Mills University Studies High School Wynne Intermediate School
George Junior High School Monticello High School Wynne Junior High School
Gosnell Elementary School Monticello Intermediate School Yerger Junior High School


2022-23 EAST Upgrade Grant for Arkansas Schools