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 in the early Fall and range from $30,000-$50,000.
To date, $200,000 has been awarded to four state networks in campaign funds.
The Missouri Budget Project (MBP) workied 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 Oklahoma Policy Institute worked to restore the refundability of their state EITC (refundability was eliminated in 2016) and used this award to support a coordinated communications campaign and coalition building efforts.
The Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP) was awarded a Campaign Fund allocation 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 worked 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.
Check back in late 2018 for the 2017-2018 year-in-review report!