Date: March 28, 2016

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Date: March 28, 2016

To: Financial Operations Personnel and Federal Grant Application Personnel

From: Kathryn Guralski , Assistant Director, School Management Services

Subject: Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)

This memo is to help clarify and answer some of your questions regarding DUNS numbers.

  1. DUNS is a system developed and regulated by Dun & Bradstreet which assigns a unique numeric identifier to a business or public agency.

  2. All federal grant applications are required to have a DUNS number which is supplemental to other identifiers, such as the EIN number. The number must be submitted with your federal grant application.

  3. There is no charge to obtain a DUNS number and it can be acquired online at

  1. The DUNS number you provide with your application should be the number registered for the entity that is applying for and is to receive the federal funds from DPI. Typically, this would be the school district, a charter school, a private school, or a private daycare. It would not be a corporate or parent organization unless the parent organization applies, receives the funds, and then distributes those funds to multiple recipients.

  2. Your DUNS number should not change over time, but if for any reason your district has a change to their DUNS number, report that change to DPI as soon as possible. If we do not have a correct number associated with your agency there may be a delay in the receipt of federal funds.

  3. Please use your full, nine-digit zip code in your registration file for your DUNS number.

If you have any questions regarding DUNS numbers, you may contact Rick Fairchild at 608-266-6856 or by email at

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