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FEMA Covid-19 Funeral Assistance Information
Effective April: To help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 for deaths related to COVID-19.
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 policies were finalized on March 24, 2021. The application process will open on Monday April 12, 2021.
Our caring staff will get in touch with all the families we have served since January 20, 2020 to discuss your individual eligibility. We are always here to assist those whom we may not have served but would like assistance.
How do I apply?
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time
Call this dedicated toll-free phone number to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA's representatives. Multilingual services will be available.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:
Official death certificate that shows the death occurred in the United States, including District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.
If the death certificate was issued from Jan. 20 to May 16, 2020 it must either attribute the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 or be accompanied by a signed statement from the original certifier of the death certificate or the local medical examiner or coroner from the jurisdiction in which the death occurred listing COVID-19 as a cause or contributing cause of death. This signed statement must provide an additional explanation, or causal pathway, linking the cause of death listed on the death certificate to COVID-19.
If the death certificate was issued May 17, 2020 or later, the death certificate must attribute the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19.
If you are eligible for funeral assistance you will receive a check by mail, or funds by direct deposit, depending on which option you chose when you applied for assistance.