The EITC Pooled Fund made five new awards to state organizations working to help build public support for state EITCs at the end of 2021.
Rapid Response Fund Awards
- Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice was awarded $50,000 to help prevent Hawaii’s EITC from sunsetting at the end of 2022 and to make it refundable.
Campaign Fund Awards
- CASH Campaign of Maryland was awarded $200,000 over two years to support efforts to make expansions permanent to include immigrant workers and increase the rate for workers with and without children.
- Maine Center for Economic Policy was awarded $200,000 over two years to support efforts to enhance Maine’s EITC and CTC, mirroring federal changes that increase the credit and make them refundable.
- North Carolina Budget & Tax Center was awarded $200,000 over two years to support efforts to establish public funding for volunteer tax sites to seed local power behind the establishment of an inclusive, refundable state EITC.
- Washington State Budget & Policy Center was awarded $200,000 over two years to support efforts to build the infrastructure to successfully implement the newly passed Working Families Tax Credit and move $238 million in cash to 420,000 eligible low-income households in Washington.
Economic Opportunity Funders and the EITC Funders Network administer and oversee the State EITC Rapid Response, Campaign and Policy Development Fund and the Federal EITC Campaign Fund to advance tax fairness and economic opportunity for low-income workers and families through the promotion, protection and expansion of the federal and state EITCs. The four funds – together known as the EITC Pooled Fund – are guided by an advisory group, supported by five national funders and administered in partnership with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and The Hatcher Group.