Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program (Budget Awards Program)

We recognize that COVID-19 is disrupting normal government operations and may affect members’ ability to submit timely applications for GFOA’s award programs. We will approve extensions of the submission deadlines for those that need more time. Please submit the extension request form so we can record your extension in our system.

For State, School District, and Community College Participants Only. For budgets that have a fiscal year beginning on or after January 1, 2017, please be aware that the format of submission has changed for states, school districts, and community colleges only. The current format will no longer be accepted after that. The new submission format for these different entity types can be found at the following.

State: http://www.gfoa.org/state-budgeting
School District: http://www.gfoa.org/school-budgeting
Community College: http://gfoa.org/award-programs/award-best-practices-community-college-budgeting

GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program (Budget Awards Program) in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA's best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal.

Documents submitted to the Budget Awards Program are reviewed by selected members of the GFOA professional staff and by outside reviewers with experience in public-sector budgeting.


The following links offer access to detailed information on specific aspects of the Budget Awards Program:

Information for participants and potential participants:

Applications (Effective April 1, 2019)

Note: Please use the current applications found above. Older application forms will no longer be accepted.

Detailed Location Criteria Guide and Explanation of Criteria

 Information for reviewers and potential reviewers:

 Vote Page For Budgets