The federal government requires
organizations to provide
a DUNS number as part of their grant
applications and proposals.
Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) is a company
that provides business
information for credit, marketing, and purchasing decisions. Its "data universal numbering system," known as DUNS, issues unique 9-digit numbers that are used by businesses and the federal government to keep
track of more than 70 million businesses world-wide. Some entities,
such as states and universities, will also have what is known as "DUNS+ 4," which is used to identify specific
units within a larger entity.
Why does my organization have to provide
The federal government's Office of Management
& Budget has adopted the use of DUNS numbers
as a way to keep track of how federal
grant money is awarded and dispersed.
All organizational applicants are required
to provide their DUNS number.
Individuals are exempt.
director, business manager,
board treasurer, or accountant is likely to know and be able to provide your organization's DUNS number if you already have one. Organizations
applying to the Arts Endowment have been required
to have a DUNS number since October I, 2003. Universities and most colleges,
state entities and large organizations also are likely to already have DUNS numbers. If you aren't sure, ask the D&B
operator when you call to get one (see phone number below).
No. D&B should not charge you a fee. You are also not obligated
to purchase any of their products.
It only takes a day to get a DUNS number from D&B
by phone (you may be on hold for
a little while), but Internet
applications can take up to 30 days! Note that an authorizing official, not a project director,
of the organization should request
a DUNS number. Call D&B's
special toll free number for federal grant applicants: 1-866-705-5711. Tell the operator that you are applying
to a federal grant program
and need to register for a DUNS number. The process will take about ten minutes. You will be asked to provide the following information (subject to minor changes): Legal name of organization, physical address (and P.O. box if you have one), telephone number, Web address, name of the authorizing official (e.g., president, director, etc.), the purpose of your organization (e.g., non-profit dance company to perform and create work, museum that provides art exhibitions for the general public, etc.), total number of employees.
Your organization can also register for a DUNS number via D&B's Web site at https://eupdate.dnb.com/reguestoptions.html. Choose the "DUNS number only" option. Please note that registration via the Web site may take up to 30 business days to complete.
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