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.

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.

Submitting an Application


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Fee Schedule

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How to Submit

Review Process

Apply Online

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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.

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Each budget document submitted to the program is evaluated separately by three reviewers. Each reviewer rates a given budget document as being either not proficient, proficient, or outstanding in regard to 27 specific criteria, grouped into four basic categories. The reviewer also provides an overall rating for each of the basic categories. To receive the award, a budget document must be rated either proficient or outstanding by at least two of the three reviewers for all four basic categories, as well as for 14 of the 27 specific criteria identified as "mandatory."

Review Process

Budget Award Criteria / Location Guide

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Explanation of Criteria


Become a Reviewer

Apply to Review Award Submissions

List of Reviewers

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Budget Award Vote Page


The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is managed by staff in GFOA's Technical Services Center. For more information or to ask any questions about getting involved, please contact or call the office at 312-977-9700.

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