Applying for a Federal Grant for the First Time?

If you are an organization that has not previously applied for a federal grant and plan to apply for an Arts Endowment grant, you must first obtain a DUNS number and register at SAM.gov and Grants.gov

Registering an Organization

Provides general step-by-step directions for  organizations that have not applied for a federal grant before, including obtaining a DUNS number, registering with the System Award Management (SAM), and registering with grants.gov. Additional resources for registering are found below. 

DUNS number, or Unique Entity Identifer (UEI) Assistance

Your organization must have a Unique Entity Identifier or UEI (currently a DUNS number). If you don’t have a DUNS number, you can register by filling out a simple online application at the Dun and Bradstreet website or by calling their toll-free number at 1-(866) 705-5711. To apply, you’ll need to know:

  • The legal status of your business (partnership, LLC, corporation, proprietorship)
  • Your business’s legal name
  • The year of establishment
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Primary products or services
  • Number of employees

Enter the data into the fields online or read it over the phone to complete your registration. The whole process typically only takes a few minutes.

To learn more about the DUNS number, go to the Dun and Bradstreet website.

SAM.gov Assistance

Registering with SAM.gov can take time; start early! 

Before You Get Started

This page on SAM.gov will help you through the initial steps you need to take before starting registration.

SAM.gov has a robust Help page, including a Live Chat option where registrants can get real-time help. Assistance can also be found at the Federal Service Desk (fsd.gov), which is accessible from the SAM.gov Help page. Below are a few useful direct links.

Video Assistance:

Entity Registration - Workspace Navigation

This video provides an overview of the workspace options for users that have access to entity registrations in SAM.gov.

Entity Registration – Advanced Search

This video provides information on the search options available for entity registrations in SAM.gov.

Additional Resources:

Instructions for registering in SAM.gov

FAQs

Info on SAM.gov user accounts

Grants.gov Assistance

Grants.gov Support

Provides support portal, FAQs, grants learning center, and more.

Training Resources and Videos for Grants.gov

Includes videos on how to register with grants.gov, how to search for a federal grant, intro to applying on grants.gov, and more.