Home Heating Credit (HHC) Uptake Initiative

Free Tax Preparation Service Expansion Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) requests proposals from Michigan’s free tax preparation service providers regarding their plans to expand service through September 30, 2022

CEDAM, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), is seeking to increase the number of households filing for the Home Heating Credit. Our two-pronged approach includes expanding access to free tax prep assistance and implementing a coordinated awareness campaign. 

Through the MDHHS’ generous support, CEDAM will be administering a fund to support program expansion and increase HHC uptake for the 2022 tax season. Funding may be used for activities including, but not limited to, hiring staff, adding new sites, acquiring technology, marketing, and diversifying service delivery options.

 

 

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Respondents should be free tax preparation service providers in good standing with the IRS and possess at least three years of experience operating an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program within Michigan.

ANTICIPATED FUNDING

Depending upon the number and scope of proposals submitted, we anticipate funding projects between $15,000 and $100,000. However, the committee will consider proposals above or below this range if program need, service capacity, and geographical reach are deemed of sufficient merit. Preference will be given to proposals that seek to expand service to underserved and marginalized communities.

SUBMISSION + TIMELINE

Please submit responses via email to Brian Rakovitis (rakovitis@cedamichigan.org) with “HHC Uptake RFP” in the subject line. Responses should be submitted no later than 5pm on March 21. Funding for this project is contingent upon securing a state grant. However, the selection committee plans to notify awardees by no later than April 1, 2022. We anticipate the grant period will run from April 11 to September 30, 2022.