Budget Award Application Process

Participants should send the appropriate fee and the following items:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Completed detailed criteria location guide
  3. The previous year's reviewer comments and responses to those comments (applicable only if the entity submitted during the previous fiscal year)

Below is a chart of items to be included in your submission, depending on the format of the budget document.

Hardcopy: To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, GFOA staff have transitioned to a remote working environment, which requires some temporary adjustments to our process. This means that for the foreseeable future, we will not be able to accept hard copy, CD or flash drive submissions for our award programs; only electronic submissions will be accepted. Once public health officials deem it safe to do so, we will resume our normal operations but we always encourage PDF submissions.

Online: Complete and submit the online application by attaching/uploading a pdf or url of the budget, the Detailed Criteria Location Guide, copies of your last reviews (if a returning entity) and your responses. Payment of the fee can be made online by credit card.