Award for Best Practices in Community College Budgeting

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.

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 community colleges and school districts. The Best Practices in Community College Budgeting were created as a result of this project with the help of some of the best minds in the field. These best practices advocate for resource alignment to student outcomes, as well as criteria by which colleges can demonstrate budget process excellence. GFOA developed corresponding award criteria for the Best Practices in Community College Budgeting that allow for community colleges to demonstrate process excellence and receive the recognition they deserve.

NEW - most recent results from the inaugural year of the Award for Best Practices in Community College Budgeting program (results through January 31, 2020).

NOTE: Submissions that only include the award application and a budget document/presentation are unlikely to have sufficient information to meet the required criteria for the Award for Best Practices in Community College Budgeting. The award program requires ‘Supplementary Materials’ to demonstrate a number of the criteria, which could include items such as a strategic plan, strategic financial plan, performance measurement examples, other working papers, etc. Please take this into consideration when deciding whether or not to pursue this award and completing your organization’s application.

Information for participants and potential participants:

Vote Page and Explanation of Criteria:

Best Practices in Community College Budgeting: