GFOA is a leader in developing, communicating, and encouraging best practice implementation in budgeting and financial planning. GFOA's most recent project is to enhance the existing Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for school districts and community colleges. Through this project and with the help of some of the best minds in the field, GFOA developed the Best Practices in School Budgeting for resource alignment to student outcomes, as well as criteria by which districts and colleges can demonstrate budget process excellence.
GFOA continues to observe the outputs in practice through a number of pilot projects in order to test the best practices and award criteria, including supporting an early adopter group - the Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting - for school districts.
As part of this project, GFOA has developed award criteria that will allow school districts to demonstrate process excellence and receive the recognition they deserve. Based on the lessons learned from the Alliance and pilots, GFOA is in the process of finalizing the criteria and incorporating them into the Award for Best Practices in School Budgeting program. Submission to the new award program will be available for budgets with fiscal years beginning in calendar year 2017.
Information for participants and potential participants:
- Eligibility Requirements
- How to Submit for the School Budgeting Award Program
- Application Form
- Judging Process
- Applicant and Judge's Guide
- Requests for an extension of the submission deadline
Detailed Location Criteria Guide and Explanation of Criteria:
Best Practices in School Budgeting: