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 website.
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