Funeral Assistance

In April 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020, for deaths related to COVID-19 to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized on March 25, 2021, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide.

To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 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. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.

Please note, the COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, the death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19, an applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals, and this assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.

You can find more information about this assistance here.