Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Funerals
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial assistance for Covid-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
To apply, call 1-844-684-6333 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
To be eligible, you must meet the following conditions:
• The death must have occurred in the United States;
• The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to Covid-19;
• The applicant must be an adult U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or certain qualified aliens (excludes Temporary tourist visa holders, foreign students, temporary work visa holders and “habitual residents”) who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020;
It is estimated that the initial telephone call will take 20 minutes. You should have the Death Certificate and Funeral Invoice available. You will need the social security numbers of the deceased and applicant, date of birth for the applicant and decedent, mailing address and telephone number for the applicant, location or address where the deceased passed away, information on any burial or funeral insurance policies. Much of this information is on the Death Certificate. After the telephone call, you will need to provide certain supporting documentation to FEMA, and can do so by uploading the paperwork to “disasterassistance.gov”, faxing to 1-855-261-3452 or mailing to P.O. Box 10001, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Make sure to include the “application number” issued to you by FEMA with your paperwork.
The maximum assistance is $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application. No assistance is available for the pre-paid portion (paid prior to death) of a funeral.