The U.S. Government recently announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will introduce a program to reimburse families for COVID-19 funeral expenses incurred beginning January 20, 2020.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, the policy states:
- The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020 for a death attributed to COVID-19.
- The deceased does not have to be a U.S. citizen.
- If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant.
- FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.
- An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.
- The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
- This Assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.
- Funeral Assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.
How to Apply
On April 12, 2021 FEMA began accepting applications via their dedicated Funeral Assistance Call Center at 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 8am-8pm Central Time, Monday – Friday. Families who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses will need to be prepared to submit the required documentation in order to receive reimbursement.
For more detailed and complete information, please visit the official FEMA website: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance/faq
We recommend that if you meet the conditions, you apply for assistance as soon as possible. If there is anything thing we can do to assist during the process, please call us at (920) 452-7711.