EITC Rapid Response Fund

The EITC Rapid Response Fund (RRF) was developed as a rapid response fund mechanism to facilitate the quick dissemination of targeted funds to state groups engaged in key communications battles. Threats to state EITC policies were identified as a focus for the first Rapid Response Fund in 2012. The RRF is guided by an advisory group and administered by GIST and the EITC Funders Network in partnership with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Hatcher Group.  

To date, The RRF has awarded 34 rapid response contracts to 20 state networks, for a total of $864,000 of support.

Award Year Number of Awards Total Amount Awarded State Awarded Funds
2012
4
$67,000 Kansas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Washington
2013
7
$112,000 Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Vermont
2014
10
$250,000 Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine North Carolina, New Mexico, Rhode Island, *Utah, Virginia
2015
5
$150,000 Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Montana
2016
5
$180,000 Kansas, Maryland, *Missouri, Hawaii
2017
3
$105,000 Michigan, Montana, Hawaii

*awarded two contracts in same year

Evaluation: In 2016, the fund hired two consultants to conduct an evaluation of the RRF and PDF. Evaluation activities include document reviews, awardee surveys and interviews, group data collection at convening(s), funder and leadership team interviews, awardee coaching on data collection, awardee capacity assessments, surveys of a subset of awardees’ peers/partners, funding landscape analysis, and in-depth case studies. The evaluation began in Summer 2016 and will conclude in December 2017. See RRF evaluation outcomes and lessons learned here.

Resources:

EITC Rapid Response Fund Evaluation Findings

EITC Rapid Response and Policy Development Fund Overview and History

2016 EITC Rapid Response Fund Summary

2015 EITC Rapid Response Fund Summary

2014 EITC Rapid Response Fund Summary

2013 EITC Rapid Response Fund Summary

2013 EITC Rapid Response Fund Grantee Materials

2012 EITC Rapid Response Fund Summary

EITC Case Studies