If you have ever applied for a federal grant or worked as a federal contractor, you have a DUNS number. Think of it like your organization's social security number.
The federal government is changing the contractor used to administer these unique identification numbers. For 20 years, Dun & Bradstreet has performed the service; last month, Ernst & Young was awarded a $41.75 million contract to provide validation services for the federal award process through General Services Administration’s System for Award Management (SAM). Instead of a DUNS number, you'll now get a SAMMI number, which will be owned by the federal government.
The new system's details are still being hammered out, so you can continue using your DUNS number for the immediate future. Just be aware changes are on the horizon.
See all new federal funding opportunity announcements that opened this week here or check out the three we've highlighted below.
Department of Transportation
Grant Title: Small Community Air Service Development Program
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315516
Details: The program is designed to provide financial assistance to small communities in order to help them enhance their air service. SCASDP can involve revenue guarantees, financial assistance for marketing programs, start-up costs and studies.
Department of Interior
Grant Title: North American Wetlands Conservation Act 2020-2 U.S. Standard Grants
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315488
Details: The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. Projects must involve only long-term protection, restoration, enhancement and/or establishment of wetland and associated upland habitats to benefit migratory birds.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Grant Title: BIE Native Language Immersion Grants
Grant Info: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315615
Details: The program supports efforts to revitalize and maintain Native languages and expand the use of language immersion programs in Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools. Grants totalling $2,000,000 will be made to to BIE-funded schools to expand existing language immersion programs or create new programs that will lead to Native language oral proficiency.
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