COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Available through FEMA

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

Beginning on April 12, 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin accepting applications for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.

You may qualify if:

1) You are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, and

2) The funeral expenses were for an individual whose death in the United States, territories or the District of Columbia, may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance will assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation, including, but not limited to:

  • Transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individual
  • Transfer of remains
  • Casket or urn
  • Burial plot or cremation niche
  • Marker or headstone
  • Clergy or officiant services
  • Arrangement of the funeral ceremony
  • Use of funeral home equipment or staff
  • Cremation or interment costs
  • Costs associated with producing and certifying multiple death certificates
  • Additional expenses mandated by any applicable local or state government laws or ordinances

Eligible applicants must provide a copy of the death certificate, proof of funeral expenses incurred, and proof of assistance received from any other source.

You will be able to call a dedicated toll-free phone number (844-684-6333) to get an application completed with help from FEMA's representatives. The line will be open (beginning on April 12, 2021) Monday through Friday from 8AM-8PM (Central Time).

No online applications will be accepted.

Multilingual services will be available.

For additional information, please refer to: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq#apply