FEMA has created a program to assist with funeral expenses for those who have died from COVID-19 related causes. Reimbursement is available for funeral services, internment, and cremation.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible, the deceased must have died in the United States; the death certificate must indicate that the death was attributed to COVID-19; and the applicant (the person who paid for the funeral expenses) must be a US citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien. There is no requirement that the deceased was a US citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
The funeral expense must have been incurred after January 20, 2020.
How to Apply
Applications must be made by phone. No online applications are available.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number
Applications begin on April 12, 2021
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time
FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Main Page
FEMA's Funeral Assistance FAQ Page
FEMA reports: Fraud Alert: We have received reports of scammers reaching out to people offering to register them for funeral assistance. FEMA has not sent any such notifications and we do not contact people before they register for assistance.