All federal grant applicants must have a Dun and Bradstreet "DUNS" number (Data Universal Numbering System) to apply for or renew grants, or submit plans under mandatory grant programs. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will use the identifier for tracking purposes, and to validate address and point of contact information. A universal identifier also eliminates the need for separate identification numbers in different federal agencies.
Obtaining a DUNS number is relatively painless. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by simply calling Dun and Bradstreet's dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1-866-705-5711. The information needed to request a DUNS number is very minimal (see details below) and you will receive your number in 24 hours. You can also apply online or search for your existing information at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. If you don't yet have a DUNS number, it can be created within 1 business day.
See the fact sheet from the White House on the DUNS Requirement at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/grants/duns_num_guide.pdf
Excerpted from the White House DUNS Fact Sheet
To Obtain Your DUNS Number by phone
Please call the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line for Federal grant and cooperative agreement applicants or prospective grant applicants at:
The number is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time of the caller when calling from within the continental United States) Calls placed to the above number outside of those hours will receive a recorded messages requesting the caller to call back between the operating hours.
The process to request number takes about 5-10 minutes.
A DUNS number will be assigned at the conclusion of the call.
You will need to provide the following information:
• Legal Name
• Headquarters name and address for your organization
• Doing business as (DBA) or other name by which your organization is commonly known or recognized
• Physical Address, City, State and Zip Code
• Mailing Address(is separate from Headquarters and/or physical address)
• Telephone Number
• Contact Name and Title
• Number of Employees at your physical location
This article is intended for general informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice or a legal opinion. For answers to specific questions concerning your situation, you should consult a knowledgeable attorney who can advise you regarding your particular circumstances.