The pandemic has devastated community members who for the past year have grieved the loss of family, friends and loved ones lost to COVID-19. In an effort to ease the financial burden of the virus, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced this week that the agency has allocated $2 billion to reimburse and pay for COVID-19 related funeral costs — up to $7,000 per family.
FEMA will begin to implement COVID-19 funeral assistance in April.
Additional guidance is being finalized and will be released to potential applicants and community partners as soon as possible. In the meantime, people who have COVID-19 funeral expenses are encouraged to keep and gather documentation.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:
How to Apply:
In April, FEMA will begin accepting applications. If you had COVID-19 funeral expenses, we encourage you to keep and gather documentation. Types of information should include:
How are Funds Received
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 for assistance.
Last updated March 22, 2021: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance