FEMA to reimburse funeral costs for Covid deaths

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMAhas started providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020 for a death attributed to Covid-19.

If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant.

An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.

The Covid-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and Washington DC.

This assistance is limited to a maximum $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.  

Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

The documentation required includes: An official death certificate that attributes the death to Covid-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States; Funeral expense documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the applicant’s name, the deceased individual’s name, the amount of funeral expenses and dates the funeral expenses were incurred; Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs.  Funeral assistance may not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, federal/state/local/tribal/territorial government programs or agencies, or other sources.

For more information about this assistance, visit COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov or call 844-684-6333.


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