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Program: FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance


Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

Which expenses will qualify for reimbursement?
Examples of eligible expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation may include, but not limited to:
  • Transportation for up to two people to identify the deceased individual
  • The transfer of remains, a casket or urn
  • A burial plot or cremation niche
  • A marker or headstone
  • Clergy or officiant services
  • The arrangement of a funeral ceremony
  • The use of funeral home equipment or staff
  • Cremation or interment costs
  • Costs associated with producing multiple death certificates
Gather the following documents/information prior to contacting FEMA:
  • Your name, social security number, date of birth, mailing address and contact phone numbers.
  • The name, social security number and date of birth for each deceased individual.
  • The location or address where the deceased individual passed away.
  • Documentation and receipts for any assistance already received from other sources, including burial or funeral insurance, donations, voluntary agencies, other government programs or non-profit organizations.
  • If you and another person both incurred funeral expenses for the same deceased individual(s), you can also provide that person as a co-applicant — include their name, social security number and date of birth on the application.
Frequently Asked Questions: 

Program Phones:
(844) 684-6333Main PhoneFuneral Assistance Helpline
(855) 261-3452Fax
(800) 462-7585TTD/TTY
Senior Administrator
Bob Fenton
Acting Administrator

Website: Disasterassistance.gov

Program Information

Program Hours:
FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline is open
9:00am - 9:00pm (ET), Monday – Friday
Disabilities Access: NA - services provided online
Mailing Address: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance , P.O. Box 10001, Hyattsville, MD 20782
Service Area:

Program Delivery
Eligibility: • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
• The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to or caused by COVID-19.
• The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
• There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien.
Application Process: Call, submit online, fax or mail
Program Fees: Assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $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.
Documents Required: See description
Service Area: United States

Categorized as:
Burial/Cremation Expense Assistance * COVID-19

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Person at the resource who last verified this information:
Last Verified On: 3/25/2021

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