Grant Applicant Resources


Do You Have a DUNS Number?
All Rural Development grant and guaranteed loan applicants, must have a Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering Systems number (DUNS number) when applying. If you already have a DUNS number, you don't need to get a new one.

To obtain this number, call D&B Federal Registration Department toll-free at 1-866-705-5711 and ask for a DUNS number. It free and takes only five minutes. A D&B agent will ask for some basic information and then assign you a DUNS number over the phone. Do not be mislead by D&B's Web site or order the number online, or you may be charged!

Click on the link below to find out more about the DUNS number requirement:

Are you registered on the Central Contractor Registration (CCR)?
All Rural Development grant applicants, except individuals & informal steering committees, must be registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR). CCR registration is a requirement for virtually all parties seeking Federal financial assistance, not just government contractors.

In order to register, you will first need a DUNS number (see above). To complete a CCR registration, go to, create an account (ID and password), and provide the required information (including DUNS#, Tax ID#, statistical information about your business, and Electronic Funds Transfer Information for payments). It takes 1-3 days for CCR registration to take effect, so please do not put this off. If you are already registered in CCR, be sure your information is current and accurate. If you receive a Rural Development award, you must keep your CCR information current, updating it at least annually, until your award project is complete.

New! SAM - System for Award Management
A new system for award management will be replacing our central contractor registration Award recipients of USDA, Rural Development are encouraged to review the new (WWW.SAM.GOV) system. Once SAM.GOV goes live you will need to create a new SAM user ID and password per the Quick Start Guide for Grants Registrations.

This new system will create a more efficient integration and consolidation in Award Management.