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FEMA begins accepting applications for COVID-related funeral assistance on Monday, April 12th

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On Monday, April 12th, FEMA will begin accepting applications for financial assistance for COVID-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

To be eligible, the following conditions must be met:

  • 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 January 20, 2020.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

To apply, beginning April 12th, call 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585).  Hours of Operation will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time

Here is the documentation you will need:

  • 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.

If you are eligible for funeral assistance you will receive a check by mail, or funds by direct deposit, depending on which option you choose when you apply.

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