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Important Update for All OAC Applicants and Grantees: Obtain Your SAM UEI Today

The federal government is transitioning away from using DUNS numbers and toward using the federal System for Award Management (SAM) Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). This will affect all present and future Ohio Arts Council (OAC) organizational grant applicants and grantees. 

Beginning April 4, 2022, all organizations applying for funding from the OAC will be required to have a SAM UEI from in alignment with requirements from the National Endowment for the Arts. (If you already have an account in, then you already have a UEI and will just need to retrieve it from

The SAM UEI is a unique 12-character identifier (i.e., a combination of letters and numbers) assigned to all entities (e.g., public and private companies, individuals, institutions, or organizations) that register to do business with the federal government. (Your previous DUNS number was a 9-digit numeric identifier.)

NOTE – The SAM UEI is issued at NO COST through It is always free to get a SAM UEI and use the platform. Scammers might try to contact you and offer to “help” your organization get a SAM UEI for a hefty cost—please delete and ignore these emails. They are scams. 

Step #1: Obtain Your UEI at
The OAC encourages all organizations that are currently receiving funding, have received funding, or are planning to apply for future funding to get their new SAM UEI before April 4, 2022, at

For step-by-step instructions about obtaining your new UEI, refer to the training recording created by the United State General Services Administration (GSA) here. There is also a step-by-step slide deck training created by the GSA here.

If you still have questions after reviewing these tutorials, we suggest you contact the Federal Service Desk at, by phone at 866-606-8220, or online through “Live Chat” or “Create an Incident.” Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please note that there may be wait times.

Step #2: Update ARTIE
Once you have your SAM UEI, you must update your Organization Profile in the OAC’s online grants system, ARTIE. You must be the primary contact to update your profile in ARTIE. If you aren’t sure if you are the primary contact, please email the ARTIE inbox at

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Article by Dia Foley, Investment Director

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