2014 EAST Beyond the Bell Grant

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The EAST Initiative, in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education, is pleased to offer an EAST Beyond the Bell Grant opportunity to all EAST programs in good standing. Funding is available up to $10,000 for projects to be completed during non-school hours in the Summer and/or Fall of 2014!

Proposals that are quantifiable and replicable across a broad range of EAST environments are highly desirable. Creative, innovative ideas which leverage the skills and capabilities that students have demonstrated while helping participants continue to grow intellectually are encouraged. Priority will be granted to proposals that include any/all of the following options:

  • Technology training(s) for community members, faculty, and younger students outside of school hours.
  • A specific community service project during the summer and/or outside of regular school hours. This needs to be a very specific proposal that will include solid community partnerships and significant goals that follow the EAST model of collaboration, teamwork, student growth, outreach, and technical integration.
  • Programs that offer a significant amount of student contract work time, along with an acknowledgement by a school administrator to compensate said students accordingly. 



  • Allocate a facilitator for the duration of the project only during non-contract time, after school and during the summer, which is paid from this grant at a maximum rate of - $15.00/hr.
  • Allocate for eligible students to be compensated at a rate equivalent to a beginning technologist—$8.00/hr. or equivalent non monetary compensation for summer and after school hours participation.
  • Allocate access and use of the classroom or other physical school space needed to complete the project during non-school hours.
  • Be available for the potential of showcase opportunities throughout the year in front of various audiences at various locations.



  • It is understood that project work associated with this grant will begin during Summer or Fall of 2014.  Completion during the Fall of 2014 will be allowed as long as all hours are completed during non-school hours.
  • It is understood that all equipment purchased becomes the property of the local EAST Program at the conclusion of the project.
  • It is understood that the academic integrity of all hardware purchased and software licensing with funds obtained through this grant must be maintained.
  • It is understood by accepting this grant your program will continue EAST and remain in compliance for two years (through SY 2015-2016) or return the funds.  



  • Facilitator time sheet(s) that captures the date, time-in, time-out, total hours
  • Student time sheet(s) (one per student) that captures the date, time-in, time-out, total hours
  • Revised, official project timeline (start date, equipment order date, meeting dates, celebration dates, project end date, documentation end date, etc.)
  • Revised, official budget
  • Proof of purchase for all budget items purchased with grant funds (Please note that copies of purchase orders are not sufficient.  Please provide one of the following: copies of invoices, receipts, or checks written for purchases.)
  • Evidence of community outreach celebration and proof of presentation(s) (programs, photos, PPTs, media releases, etc.)
  • Evidence of media coverage throughout the project (print and/or online)
  • 5-10 digital photos focusing on student engagement, community interaction, & a group photo
  • 1-3 minute video that captures: planning, project description, preparation, project in action, client and student reflections, as well as partner(s) and acknowledgement of EAST Beyond the Bell Grant funding.
  • Evidence that every press release includes, “This EAST Beyond the Bell project is funded by the EAST Beyond the Bell Grant made possible by the Arkansas Department of Education and the EAST Initiative.”



April 29, 2014

Grant Announcement

May 23, 2014

Grant deadline (Proposal must be received before 5:00 p.m.)

June 6, 2014

Award notification

School proposed

Project concludes (Project must be concluded in the Fall of 2014.)

School proposed

Submission of documentation (All documentation must be submitted no later than December 19, 2014.)


Proposal submission must include the following:

  • contact information
  • grant acknowledgement
  • proposal abstract
  • timeline
  • budget


Proposals missing any one of the required items will not be considered for funding. Proposals must be received by mail or email before the 5 p.m., June 1, 2014 deadline. Late proposals will not be accepted.


Mail to:

EAST Initiative

Attn: EAST Beyond the Bell Grant Committee

8201 Ranch Blvd., Suite B-1

Little Rock, AR 72223


Email to:


Subject: EAST Beyond the Bell Grant Proposal for School Name


Contact Erica Riley at 501.371.5035 or erica@eaststaff.org with questions or for more information.


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2014 EAST Beyond the Bell Grant


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