Financial assistance available for COVID-related funeral expenses

Financial assistance is being made available for COVID-related funeral expenses.

The money is being distributed through FEMA as part of the American Rescue Plan, and covers funeral expenses that came after January 20 of 2020.

To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:

· 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 COVID-19.

· The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020.

· There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

You are encouraged to keep and gather all funeral-related documentation. Types of information should include:

· 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 were incurred.

· Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. FEMA is not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.

To get more details and assistance call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline, 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585, Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Call this dedicated toll-free phone number to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA’s representatives. Multilingual services will be available.

More information on this funeral assistance program cab be found by following the link below.

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance