FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program

If you or someone you know has lost a family member through COVID-19, you may be eligible for FEMA's funeral reimbursement program. Applications open April 12th!

Under a new law, FEMA will be providing financial assistance to funeral expenses incurred by a COVID-19 related loss. 

The person applying for reimbursement must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien. However, there is no such requirement for the deceased. Applications will be taken via their call center, and the number can be found in the link below.

Per FEMA, applications open on April 12th, and until then, those who had/have COVID-19 related funeral expenses should save information such as:

  • An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • Funeral expenses documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses happened.
  • Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. We are not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.

More information about eligibility, the application process, and disbursement of funds can be accessed here: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance  

If you need assistance with any part of the application, please reach out to staff or the social work team.