WHY DO I NEED A DUNS NUMBER?
In order to more easily track arts economic impact data for North Carolina, all applicants (who have not already done so) are required to register with Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) and be issued a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number. Analysis of arts economic data suggests that the nonprofit sector is under-represented in the D&B database; Americans for the Arts asks for your help to make sure that your own organization is listed and properly coded, AND that all nonprofit arts organizations and artists have a D&B number.
DUNS numbers are also required by the National Endowment for the Arts and other Federal grant programs. There is no fee for registering for a DUNS number. You may register by phone or online.
It only takes a day to get a DUNS number from D&B by phone (you may be on hold for a little while). Note that an authorizing official, not a project director, of the organization should request a DUNS number.
For details call D&B’s special toll-free number for government grant applicants: 1-866-705-5711 or visit https://fedgov.dnb.com/webform to register on-line. (Choose the “DUNS number only” option. You will need a valid e-mail address to complete the registration.)