Additional Grant Requirements

System for Award Management (SAM) and Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)


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.


As of April 4, 2022 the Federal government will stop using the DUNS number to uniquely identify entities.  Entities doing business with the federal government will use a Unique Entity Identifier (SAM) created in


Organizations awarded grant funding from the West Virginia Humanities Council must have an active registration before funds can be disbursed.   It is not enough to only apply for and receive a UEI (SAM); the sponsoring organization must have FULL registration in SAM, and it must remain active for the entire grant period.


To sign up for a SAM account visit There is NO fee to register for the SAM account. This process can take several days or weeks, so it is better to begin as soon as possible.  Your SAM account must be renewed each year. It is a good idea to add expiration date to your calendar.


Before grant payments are processed, the grants administrator will search using your UEI.  Please confirm that your registration is viewable through public search.  The results of the search notify the grants administrator whether an organization is eligible to receive a grant payment.


For questions about your SAM account or UEI (SAM), contact the Federal Service Desk at