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When you call, it will take about 20 minutes to apply, and you can ask questions and receive the help you need with the application process.
Once you have applied for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance and received your FEMA application number, you may submit required documentation to FEMA in several ways:
Upload documents to your DisasterAssistance.gov account
Fax to: 855-261-3452
Mail to: P.O. BOX 10001, Hyattsville, MD 20782
July 20, 2021
Who can apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance?
You may qualify if:
You are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses on or after Jan. 20, 2020, and
The funeral expenses were for an individual whose death in the United States, including the U.S. territories or the District of Columbia, may have been caused by, or was likely the result of, COVID-19.
Who cannot apply for funeral assistance?
States, tribes, territories, businesses, organizations, and other entities are not eligible for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.
A minor child applying on behalf of an adult who is not a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien cannot apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.
However, a minor child who is a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien, can apply if they directly incurred funeral expenses for a COVID-19-related death and the documentation supports that assertion.
There are several categories of aliens who are not eligible for FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, including COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. These individuals include, but are not limited to:
Citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands
Temporary tourist visa holders
Temporary work visa holders
I was responsible for funeral expenses for more than one person whose death was attributed to COVID-19. Can I apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance for more than one death? Is there a limit?
If you incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses for more than one individual, you may receive at a maximum of $9,000 per deceased individual and a maximum of $35,500 per application, if you incurred funeral expenses for multiple deceased individuals per state, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
Can a funeral home apply on my behalf?
Funeral homes are not eligible to apply on your behalf or to be a co-applicant on your COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application. The person applying must be an individual, not a business or other entity, who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses.
What funeral expenses are covered?
Eligible COVID-19 Funeral Assistance expenses typically include, but are not limited to:
Transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individual
Transfer of remains
Casket or urn
Burial plot or cremation niche
Marker or headstone
Clergy or officiant services
Arrangement of the funeral ceremony
Use of funeral home equipment or staff
Costs associated with producing and certifying multiple death certificates
Additional expenses mandated by any applicable local or state government laws or ordinances
What can I do to avoid delays in processing my COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application?
You are encouraged to provide documentation verifying the death was attributed to COVID-19, along with proof of funeral expenses and proof of other funeral assistance received, as soon as possible.
Once FEMA receives all your documentation, we will verify and validate it as part of the application review process.
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