South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

DUNS Numbers to Unique Entity IDs (UEIs)

New Grant Requirement: Moving from DUNS number to Unique Entity ID (UEI)

In accordance with federal government policy, all organizations – including (but not limited to) private schools, public school districts, government entities, and nonprofit organizations – must provide a valid Unique Entity ID (UEI) to receive an S.C. Arts Commission (SCAC) grant award.

The UEI requirement will replace the DUNS number requirement, effective April 4, 2022. (Note: During this transition, some SCAC grant applications will ask for a DUNS Number, a UEI, or both.)

Grants Coaching Topic Session

The SCAC Grants Team held a special coaching session February 3, 2022 at 11 a.m., to discuss the transition from DUNS numbers to UEIs. Learn more

About UEIs

What is a UEI, and why do I need one?

A UEI is an alphanumeric code used to uniquely identify a specific entity.

SAM UEIs are federally issued UEIs obtained through, an Entity Validation Service, which independently verifies the uniqueness of an entity by confirming that there is no existing registration for that legal business name and address. This ensures that SAM UEIs are unique.

As a recipient of federal funding through the National Endowment for the Arts, the SCAC must require its grantees to provide a SAM UEI.

No. The FEIN or Tax ID number relates to federal tax-exempt status. The SAM UEI is for identification of unique entities.

DUNS numbers are similar to SAM UEIs in terms of purpose and process, but they are not the same. Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) keeps track of more than 70 million businesses world-wide through its Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) (a.k.a. D-U-N-S Number or D-U-N-S® 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.

Until April 4, 2022, the DUNS Number is the authoritative entity identifier used by the federal government. Beginning April 4, 2022, UEIs obtained through will replace DUNS numbers as the authoritative entity identifier used by the federal government.

All organizations – including (but not limited to) private schools, public school districts, government entities, and nonprofit organizations – must have a UEI to receive an SCAC grant award.

  • For organizations using a fiscal agent/receiver, separate UEIs must be provided for both the applicant/ grantee organization and the fiscal agent/receiver.
  • Individual public schools may use their school district’s UEI and do not need their own UEI.
  • Individual artists are not required to obtain a UEI.

Request a UEI via

What information will I need to provide?

(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
Can anyone register my organization?

An authorizing official (someone who can legally represent the organization) should request the SAM UEI.

How much does it cost?

There is no fee.

Additional Guidance

Start now!

Before April 4, 2022:

  • Those who have a DUNS number can use it to get a SAM UEI through a simplified process.
  • Those who do not have a DUNS number can use the same simplified process if they obtain a DUNS number through D&B’s website before requesting a UEI through

Beginning April 4, 2022:

  • The process for getting a SAM UEI will be similar to the process formerly used to obtain a DUNS number; it will just now be handled through instead of D&B’s website.
How long does it take?

It normally takes up to two business to get a UEI from However, we recommend you begin the process right away, in case of unexpected delays.

Add it to your organization’s SCAC Grants Portal account.

  1. Log in to the Grants Portal and navigate to your organization’s account information.
  2. Click the pencil icon to edit the organization’s information.
  3. Enter your SAM UEI in the field labeled “Federal Unique Entity Identifier (UEI).”
  4. Click the blue “Save” button at the bottom of the screen.

You may also email your SAM UEI to and we will add the information to your Grants Portal account.


Please contact the Grants Team (803.734.8695 |