People looking for financial assistance for COVID-19 related funerals can turn to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the agency began processing applications last month.
Any COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 fall under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Resue Plan Act of 2021. Anyone who thinks they might qualify is asked to apply by calling 844-684-6333 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Eastern, Monday through Friday. There is no deadline to apply.
To be eligible for funeral assistance, applicants must meet these conditions:
- The death must have occurred in the United States. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020.
- The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
- There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien.
For the fastest service, after you have called to apply, submit documentation online through Disasterassistance.gov, or by fax 855-261-3452. Documents may also be mailed to: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance P.O. Box 10001 Hyattsville, MD 20782.
Applicants can also visit FEMA.gov/funeral-assistance/faq. Information is provided in several languages both by telephone and the website.