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Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) keeps track of more than 70 million businesses world-wide through its Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). Two events have occurred recently that reflect the importance of all S.C. Arts Commission organizational applicants obtaining a DUNS Number.
- First, the federal government (including the National Endowment for the Arts) has adopted a policy that requires all organizations to provide a DUNS Number as part of their grant applications and proposals.
- Second, Americans for the Arts has created an annual research initiative – the Creative Industries project – that uses DUNS Numbers to document the number of arts-related businesses and employees in any geographical region or political jurisdiction. This information will be used to increase the awareness of the national scope of the arts industry and provide a way to advance the arts at the state and national level.
As a result of these two actions, the S.C. Arts Commission is now requiring that all organizations must obtain a DUNS Number and include it on all applications.
There is no fee for registering for a DUNS Number (also sometimes referred to as a D-U-N-S Number or D-U-N-S® Number). Organizations must register online. (Note: Dun & Bradstreet is no longer accepting applications for DUNS Numbers over the phone.) In general, organizations can anticipate their DUNS Number will be issued within 48 hours (and/or a minimum of one business day) after the request is submitted. However, we recommend you begin the process right away, in case of unexpected delays. Applications for S.C. Arts Commission funding will not be considered complete without a valid DUNS Number included.
How do I get a DUNS Number if my organization needs one?
Your organization can register for a DUNS Number via D&B's Web site. It normally takes one business day to get a DUNS Number from D&B. Note that an authorizing official, not a project director, of the organization should request a DUNS Number.
You will be asked to provide the following information (subject to minor changes):
- Legal name of organization
- Physical address (and PO 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
In addition to this page, you must read the following for complete guideline information:
- Before You Apply
- Completing the Application
- Terms & Definitions
- Support Materials
- After the Grant Award
- General Information
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