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Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Funeral Expenses

May 11, 2021

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

Eligibility

To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet the following conditions:

  • The death must have occurred in the U.S., which includes 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.

Eligible Expenses

Examples of eligible expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation may include but are not limited to:

  • Transportation for up to two people to identify the deceased individual
  • The transfer of remains, a casket, or urn
  • A burial plot or cremation niche
  • A marker or headstone
  • Clergy or officiant services
  • The arrangement of a funeral ceremony
  • The use of funeral home equipment or staff
  • Cremation or interment costs
  • Costs associated with producing multiple death certificates

Documentation

If you had COVID-19 funeral expenses, keep and gather documentation. Types of information should include:

  • An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the U.S., which includes 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 the funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses occurred.
  • Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. FEMA is not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance or financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.

For More Information

A YouTube video has been created to help with this process titled FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. Additional information can be found at COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.