Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program

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. Approximately 1,800 governments, including states, cities, counties, special districts, school districts, and more have been recognized for transparency in budgeting. To earn recognition, budget documents must meet program criteria and excel as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communication tool.

Medallions/Plaque Delay

Medallions and plaques for entities who received the award after September 1, 2023, are currently delayed due to a third-party system error. We hope to resume sending them out again soon, but please check back here for further updates. 

Best Practices and Educational Opportunities

If you have questions about the Budget Program or about the AMS, please contact GFOA.