The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recently published a set of questions fielded from users, along with answers, about upcoming changes to the unique entity identifier used to do business with the government.
Beginning in December 2020, the D-U-N-S® number will be replaced by a “new, non-proprietary identifier” requested in, and assigned by, the System for Award Management. This new identifier is being called the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), or the Entity ID.
Below are some examples from the new GSA Q&A resource:
Q: Will the GSA automatically assign the new UEI or does the vendor have to take action to register?
A: Existing registrants will be automatically assigned a new UEI. New registrants will be assigned a UEI as part of their SAM registration.
Q: For entities that receive a subgrant from a recipient of a federal award, will they be required to obtain a unique identifier from SAM.gov?
A: Yes. Sub-awardees will need to obtain a UEI to adhere to regulations. Instead of going to D&B for a DUNS number like they do today, the sub-awardee would go to SAM.gov to request a UEI. They will not be required to complete the full entity registration process.
Continue reading Resource: GSA Publishes Q&A About Upcoming Entity ID Rollout
When applicants registered with Grants.gov prior to Release 16.1, they were required to enter a DUNS Number as part of the registration process.
Today, this is no longer the case. Applicants can opt to register a Grants.gov account without a DUNS number.
Continue reading Video: Grants.gov’s New Registration Process
If you have been in the federal grants community for any time at all, you probably know that your organization needs an account with the System for Award Management (SAM), or SAM.gov, to do business (e.g., receive grants) from the U.S. government.
SAM registration is relatively simple (you’ll need a DUNS number), and it’s free. However, there is no shortage of spam calls and emails offering paid services to register and maintain your registration. These can cost hundreds of dollars, but be cautious when responding to such appeals. Registering, renewing, and updating your SAM registration is absolutely free.
Continue reading Read This Before You Respond to SAM-Related Spam
A critical part of registering as an applicant organization with Grants.gov involves entering a DUNS number – or obtaining one before proceeding.
A DUNS number is a unique nine-character number that Grants.gov and other programs use to identify your organization. For example, the federal government uses the DUNS number to track how federal money is allocated. Applicants doing business with the federal government can get one for free through Dun and Bradstreet (D&B).
In 2018, the D&B contract with the federal government’s General Services Administration (GSA) expires, and the GSA has released a Request for Information (RFI) for government-wide entity identification and validation services.
Continue reading Share Your Feedback on the General Services Administration’s RFI for ‘Government-Wide Entity Identification and Validation Services’
Several weeks ago, we explored the topic of federal grant eligibility for nonprofit organizations. But what if your nonprofit organization is based outside of the United States? Are you eligible to apply for and receive a federal grant?
Yes! Foreign nonprofit entities and nongovernmental organizations (NGO) may apply for federal grants. However, eligibility varies for each grant program, so continue reading to understand this process.
Great! I know the grant I want to apply for. How do I get started?
Continue reading Exploring Eligibility: Can Foreign Nonprofits and NGOs Apply for U.S. Federal Government Grants?
At first glance, registering with Grants.gov seems a little complicated. But if you keep the following tips in mind, your registration will be (almost) a breeze.
1) Registration is free. You do not need to pay to register.
If a website, email, or caller tells you that you need to pay to register for government grants, don’t fall for a scam. More scam and fraud info here.
2) Start registering immediately (after you read the rest of this article, of course).
It can take up to a few weeks if you don’t have all the pre-requisite registration data, so you want to register well in advance of the grant deadline. Here’s an overview of the organization registration process and timeline.
Continue reading 7 Things You Need to Know about Registering on Grants.gov