The U.S. government has approved funds for funeral expenses due to COVID-19 related deaths as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be administering the application and reimbursement process.
Maximum funeral assistance available for COVID-related funeral expenses is $9,000, and FEMA will verify applicant eligibility prior to awarding Funeral Assistance. All applicants must meet the following conditions to apply for assistance:
- The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien. There is no requirement for the decedent to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
- FEMA must be able to verify the applicant’s identity.
- Funeral expenses must be incurred by the applicant after January 20, 2020.
- Funeral expenses must not be covered by other sources. Other sources may include funeral or burial insurance or financial assistance from voluntary agencies, applicable government programs/agencies, or other entities.
- A medical examiner, coroner, or other certifier indicated that COVID-19 played a role in the decedent’s death on the death certificate.
- The death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
- No other applicant received Funeral Assistance funds for the same decedent.
All registrations for Funeral Assistance will be completed via FEMA’s telephone or teletypewriter call center capabilities. No online registrations will be accepted.
More detailed information and directions on how to apply may be found here:
We recommend that if you meet the conditions above, you apply for assistance as soon as possible. Please call us at (973) 743-6969 for help.