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, on a rolling basis and range from $30,000-$75,000.
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.
To date, $975,000 has been awarded to 13 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 $75,000 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.
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.
New Mexico Voices for Children was awarded $75,000 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.
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.
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.
The The Oklahoma Policy Institute was awarded $50,000 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 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 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.
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 Oklahoma Policy Institute was awarded $50,000 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.
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.