FEMA Funeral Assistance
If you lost loved ones to COVID-19, you can apply for retroactive reimbursements for burial costs. Applicants can receive up to $9,000 per burial.
The deceased's documentation status is not considered, but the applicants must be U.S. citizens, legal residents, asylees, refugees, or non-citizen nationals.
To apply, you must call 844-684-6333. The call center will be open from 9am to 9pm ET, starting April 12.
Before you call, please collect relevant documentation. The applicant(s) must provide:
- a copy of the death certificate. The death certificate must indicate the death "may have been caused by" or "was likely a result of" COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are also considered sufficient.
- proof of funeral expenses incurred. Documentation (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) must include the applicant's name as the responsible person for the expense, the deceased individual's name, the amount of funeral expenses, and that funeral expenses were incurred after January 20, 2020
Please note, FEMA will only award COVID-19 funeral assistance for a deceased individual on a single application. If multiple individuals contribute toward funeral expenses, they should register under a single application as applicant and co-applicant.
If you have any questions, please contact my District Office at (612) 333-1272.
In an effort to ensure we are reaching all eligible applicants, FEMA has produced the attached funeral assistance flyers in a variety of languages.