FEMA Provides Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Funeral Expenses
WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has started processing requests for funeral assistance, helping alleviate some of the financial stress created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
FEMA provides financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020, under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Applicants should have all of their important documents handy when calling to apply. There is no deadline to apply and candidates will have the opportunity to open a file.
Candidates can apply by calling 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available.
To be eligible for funeral assistance, applicants must meet the following conditions:
• Death must have occurred in the United States. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
• The death certificate must state that the death was attributed to COVID-19.
• The deceased need not have been a US citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
For the fastest service, after calling to apply, submit the documentation online through Disasterassistance.gov or by fax at 855-261-3452. Documents may also be mailed to: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance PO Box 10001 Hyattsville, MD 20782.
Applicants can also visit FEMA.gov/funeral-assistance/faq. Information is provided in several languages both by telephone and on the website.