In 2010, the National Endowment for the Humanities notified us that grant recipients must have an active DUNS number and include it on grant contracts.
The Data Universal Numbering System or DUNS number is a nine-character number that identifies your organization. It is used to track how federal money is disbursed. Most large organizations, libraries, colleges and universities already have DUNS numbers. Before applying for a DUNS number, ask your grant administrator or financial officer whether your organization already has one. DUNS numbers must be renewed each year. It is a good idea to add the DUNS number expiration date to your calendar.
To request a new DUNS number you may call 1-866-705-5711, or apply online. There is no charge and most DUNS numbers are created in one business day.
In 2012, the National Endowment for the Humanities notified us that grant recipients must have an active System for Award Management (SAM) account on www.Sam.gov.
The System for Award Management (SAM) site is the official U.S. Government system streamlining the process to confirm that an organization is eligible to receive federal grant awards and contracts.
Before grant payments are processed, the grants administrator enters the DUNS number for organizations receiving Humanities Council grant awards into the “search records” function on the SAM.gov website. The results of the search notify the grants administrator whether an organization is eligible to receive a grant payment.
To sign up for a SAM account visit www.SAM.gov. There is NO fee to register for the SAM account. Entities must have a current DUNS number in order to apply. This process can take several days or weeks, so it is better to begin as soon as possible. DUNS numbers and SAM accounts must be renewed each year. It is a good idea to add the DUNS and SAM account expiration dates to your calendar.
Read our document to help guide you through registering and maintaining your SAM account.