Do I need to register with the System for Award Management (SAM)?

Yes. Per 2 C.F.R. § 25.205, SAM registration is required to both begin and submit an application in the FEMA GO system. Organizational registrations are only active for one year and must be renewed annually. Therefore, applicants must ensure the applicant entity has a valid and active registration in before starting an application.

Step-by-step instructions for registering with SAM. Applicants should contact with questions or concerns about their SAM registration.

DHS may not make a federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS/UEI and SAM requirements. An applicant’s SAM registration must be active at the time of application, during the application review period, and when FEMA is ready to make a federal award. If an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time DHS is ready to make a federal award, DHS may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a federal award and make a federal award to another applicant.

The submission of payment requests and amendments are also contingent on the information provided in the entity’s registration. It is imperative that all information in the application is correct, current, and matches the information in the registration. Please ensure that your organization’s name, address, DUNS number, and Employer Identification Number (EIN) are up to date in and that the DUNS number used in is the same number used to apply for all other FEMA grant program awards.

More information on is included in the FY 2021 NOFOs and on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs Website. If applicants have questions or concerns about a SAM registration, please contact the Federal Support Desk or call (866) 606-8220, Monday – Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET.

Last updated February 16, 2022