In March 2019, the EITC Pooled Fund made eight new Rapid Response Fund awards.
- California — awarded $30,000 to the California Budget and Policy Center to raise awareness of the value of increasing the amount of the existing state EITC as well as make more robust the credit for workers without children and explore expanding the state credit to immigrant workers.
- Hawaii — awarded $20,000 to Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice to raise awareness of the need to increase the state’s child and dependent care credit.
- Maine — awarded $30,000 to Maine Center for Economic Policy to work to increase and modernize the existing state EITC and other worker credits by raising the amount of the current EITC, expanding the definition of who is eligible to receive a credit to include younger workers, those providing family care and students, and coordinating disbursement of current state credits.
- New York — awarded $30,000 to the Fiscal Policy Institute to raise awareness of expanding the state EITC and the value of providing an even larger credit to workers with young children.
- Rhode Island — awarded $7,500 to The Economic Progress Institute to raise awareness of the need to increase the state EITC.
- Utah — awarded $30,000 to Voices for Utah Children to raise awareness of the importance of establishing a state EITC.
- Washington — awarded $30,000 to Washington State Budget & Policy Center to implement and modernize the state’s Working Family Tax Credit by expanding and funding the current credit, expanding eligibility to workers without children, caregivers, students, and immigrant workers, and shifting administration of the credit.
- Wisconsin — awarded $7,000 to Kids Forward to raise awareness of the need to increase the state EITC.
The EITC Rapid Response Fund (RRF) was established in 2012 and focuses on quick infusions of support to help an existing effort to overcome a communications challenge or opportunity. Awards are made on a rolling basis and range from $7,000-$30,000.
The RRF is one of three funds supported by Economic Opportunity Funders and the EITC Funders Network to help improve efforts to protect current and create new state EITCs. Learn more about the EITC Pooled Fund here.