South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

DUNS Numbers

What's a DUNS Number?

Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) keeps track of more than 70 million businesses world-wide through its Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS). A DUNS Number may also be referred to as a D-U-N-S Number or D-U-N-S® Number.

Why do I need one?

Federal government policy requires all organizations to provide a DUNS Number as part of their grant applications and proposals. As a recipient of federal funding through the National Endowment for the Arts, the S.C. Arts Commission requires a DUNS Number for all grantee schools and organizations.

In accordance with federal government policy, all organizations - including (but not limited to) private schools, government entities, public school districts, and nonprofit organizations - must provide a valid DUNS number to receive an S.C. Arts Commission grant award.
  • If a grantee is using a fiscal agent/receiver, separate DUNS numbers must be provided for both the applicant organization and the fiscal agent/receiver.
  • Individual public schools may use their school district's DUNS number and do not need to register separately.
  • Individual artists are not required to obtain a DUNS number.

In addition, the Creative Industries project – an annual research initiative of Americans for the Arts – uses DUNS Numbers to document the number of arts-related businesses and employees in any geographical region or political jurisdiction. This information is used to increase the awareness of the national scope of the arts industry and provide a way to advance the arts at state and national levels.

How do I get one?

Register for a DUNS Number via D&B’s Web site.

There is no fee.

It normally takes one business day to get a DUNS Number from D&B. However, we recommend you begin the process right away, in case of unexpected delays.

An authorizing official (someone who can legally represent the organization) should request the DUNS Number.

(subject to change)

  • 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