March 26, 2020

FEMA: Assistance for Tribal Governments Regarding Coronavirus

Based on the President’s nationwide emergency declaration for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on March 13, 2020, tribal governments have the option to request Public Assistance from FEMA as either a Recipient or Subrecipient. This fact sheet provides additional information about the assistance FEMA can provide to tribal governments as either Recipients or Subrecipients during the nationwide COVID-19 emergency and replaces FEMA’s March 22, 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response: Tribal Recipients Fact Sheet. Additional information on the Federal government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response can be found at:

Tribal Options for Assistance

  1. As a Subrecipient under a state: All states are Recipients for Public Assistance; tribes have the option of working with the state(s) that they are located in and requesting assistance as a Subrecipient; or
  2. As a Recipient: Each tribe has the option of signing a FEMA-Tribe Agreement and becoming a Recipient.

FEMA Role in COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Federal Assistance


Applicant:  A non-federal entity that applies to be a Subrecipient of assistance under a Recipient’s
federal award (e.g., local government agency, housing authority, or private nonprofit organization).

Subrecipient: An Applicant that receives a sub-award from a Recipient to carry out part of a federal program.

Recipient: A non-federal entity that receives an award from a federal agency (e.g., state, territorial, or tribal government) to carry out an activity under a federal program.

More Information

For more information, visit the following websites:

  1. Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide
  2. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures Fact Sheet
  3. New Recipients of Disaster Grant Guide
  4. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Public Assistance Simplified Application Fact Sheet
  6. Coronavirus (COVID-19) (CDC)

Related Content: La Respuesta al Coronavirus (COVID-19): Beneficiarios Tribales

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