Grant Seekers: SAM & DUNS: Register Your Business Now!

Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

September 21, 2021
Grant Seekers: SAM & DUNS: Register Your Business Now!

SAM & DUNS: Register Your Business Now So You Don't Miss a Funding Opportunity Later

Article by the CCE Livestock Program Work Team


It is common for a business to miss out on a grant opportunity simply because they could not get their SAM or DUNS registration completed in time for an application deadline. Registering only requires a little of your time, but it can take weeks to receive your number. If you intend to apply for federal grant funds anytime in the future, we strongly recommend registering your farm or business now, so you'll be prepared for grant opportunities that may come your way.

What are SAM and DUNS?  They are registries for businesses. SAM is used by the US government for entities that receive federal funds. DUNS, which stands for "data universal numbering system," is used to register hundreds of millions global businesses. Enrolling in both registries is NECESSARY to receive federal grants—like from the USDA--and is FREE & EASY.

How do I do it? Start by applying for a DUNS number. To do this you can call 1-(866) 705-5711 or visit https://www.dnb.com/duns-numbe... or www.dnb.com. To complete the process to obtain a DUNS number, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Legal name of your business entity
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Name of the CEO or business owner
  • Legal structure or type of business (corporation, partnership, proprietorship, etc.)
  • Year the entity was created
  • Primary line of business
  • Total number of employees (full- and part-time)

Once you have been assigned a DUNS number, you must annually register on SAM.gov to remain eligible to receive program financial assistance. To complete the process on SAM, you will need the same kind of information used to obtain your DUNS number as well as your Tax Identification Number (TIN) and other data to complete registration and reporting requirements.

NOTE: Never pay or attempt to register for SAM on a .com website. Use only the links provided above. There are dozens of scam companies online that will attempt to charge you for this free service, including offers to renew your SAM, which is required annually. NEVER pay, just keep your log-in information in a safe place and log in to renew as needed.

Now, when grant opportunities come around, you'll be ready!




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