The EITC Campaign Fund (EITC CF) was established in 2017 and focuses on supporting a year-long effort in which a window of opportunity to promote or defend a state EITC seems urgent. Awards are made through an invitation-only RFP process and range from $30,000-$125,000.
New in 2020. EITC Campaign Fund awards previously ranged from $30,000-$50,000. Recognizing the critical role community mobilization can play and the value of partnering with grassroots organizations (which are often most representative of constituencies of color in states), the EITC Campaign Fund is providing awardees up to $25,000 in additional funding (for a total of $75,000) to support grassroots organizations for community mobilization work.
New in 2021: Given the challenges presented to low-income families because of COVID and the economic downtown, the EITC Campaign Fund expanded its support to include efforts focused on elevating state EITCs, CTCs or other tax credits as part of a larger economic security campaign that includes other emergency cash support policies (such as stimulus, emergency cash for front-line workers or immigrant families, but not Unemployment Insurance). Awards were also increased to up to $125,000 where at least $50,000 would be to support grassroots organizations for community mobilization work in recognition of the critical role community mobilization can play and the value of partnering with grassroots organizations, which are often most representative of constituencies of color in states.
To date, $1,715,000 has been awarded to 16 state networks in campaign funds.
The California Budget & Policy Center was awarded $75,000 to expand and modernize the California EITC to include immigrant workers and make the credit more robust for tax filers receiving smaller credits.
Colorado Fiscal Institute was awarded $125,000 in 2021 to expand the rate to 20% of the Federal EITC, expand eligibility to younger and older workers and fund the state’s CTC.
Colorado Fiscal Institute was awarded $75,000 in 2020 to create a progressive tax package to expand the earned income tax credit, possibly to include ITIN filers and childless workers under 25, and fund the child tax credit.
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute was awarded $50,000 to continue efforts to raise awareness of the importance of a new state EITC (locally known as the Georgia Work Credit). This includes continuing policy research and analysis on state EITC options, educating and engaging Georgians at a community level, and strengthening and activating the Georgia Work Credit coalition.
Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice was awarded $75,000 to defend the EITC from its planned expiration and advocate to make it refundable, increasing its reach from 8 percent of Hawaii’s population to 15 percent, and nearly doubling its value.
The Missouri Budget Project (MBP) was awarded $50,000 to pass a state EITC. The MBP used this award to continue to build and convene the EITC Coalition throughout 2018 and to foster coalition partners to conduct outreach, strategic communications and advocacy to both further increase awareness of the issue and engage more Missourians in support of a Missouri EITC. In the last legislative session, the EITC was approved by both the House and Senate by large margins.
The Montana Budget and Policy Center was awarded $115,000 to defeat attempts to repeal the EITC or alter refundability and rebuild understanding and support in order to expand the credit in the future.
New Jersey Policy Perspective was awarded $30,000 to support efforts to expand the state EITC to younger residents without children who are between the ages of 21 and 25. This includes producing materials to raise awareness of the importance of EITC expansion, identifying key audiences and building communications strategies and tactics to reach those audiences; and holding awareness building events, in coordination with partner organizations, to inform residents on the importance of EITC expansion and its benefits for low-income families all across the state.
New Mexico Voices for Children was awarded $125,000 in 2021 to raise to expand the state’s cash assistance program to families who did not receive federal relief, increase and expand the state’s EITC (the WFTC) to include young workers without children and immigrants regardless of status, and increase a state tax rebate (LICTR) that immigrants can claim regardless of status.
New Mexico Voices for Children was awarded $75,000 in 2020 to raise awareness of the value of increasing the amount of the existing state EITC, the Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC), make the credit more robust for workers with young children, and expand the state credit to immigrant workers and younger workers.
Oklahoma Policy Institute was awarded $125,000 in 2021 to restore refundability and expand the existing EITC; to keep the EITC from being further eroded due to budget shortfall; and to increase the existing sales tax relief credit.
Oklahoma Policy Institute was awarded $75,000 in 2020 to implement a targeted legislative and grassroots advocacy strategy to protect and reinstate refundability of the Oklahoma Earned Income Tax Credit.
The The Oklahoma Policy Institute was awarded $50,000 in 2018-2019 to support efforts to continue to raise awareness of the importance of restoring the previously eliminated state EITC. This includes grassroots organizing, listening sessions, advertising in traditional and social media, the creation of on EITC-specific action website and building a new coalition around working family tax credits.
The Oklahoma Policy Institute was awarded $50,000 in 2017-2018 to support efforts to restore the refundability of their state EITC (refundability was eliminated in 2016). The Oklahoma Policy Institute used this award to support a coordinated communications campaign and coalition building efforts.
Oregon Center for Public Policy was awarded $75,000 in 2020 to expand the state credit to immigrant workers and institute an innovative approach to boosting EITC participation.
The Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP) was awarded $50,000 for public education and coalition work to expand the state EITC in 2018-2019. With one of the lowest EITC participation rates in the nation, OCPP hopes to raise awareness of the current EITC as well as build allies and raise awareness of the importance of expanding the EITC up to 50% of the federal credit.
The Washington State Budget & Policy Center was awarded $50,000 to support efforts to fully fund the Working Families Tax Rebate (WFTR) – Washington state’s version of the federal EITC. This award was used to support grassroots campaigns as well as policy, advocacy, and communications efforts, including some paid communications to highlight the WFTR’s benefits as part of a comprehensive revenue reform plan.
The West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy was awarded $50,000 to continue efforts to raise awareness of the importance of a new state EITC. This includes research, analysis and communications (including educational videos, blog posts, op-eds, and social media campaigns) and the ongoing engagement of coalition partners.