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COVID 19 Funeral Assistance

Posted on April 12, 2022 in charitable donations,donations

If you paid out of pocket for a funeral of someone who had COVID-19, you could be eligible for funeral assistance.  Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred on or after January 20, 2020.

To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance:

  1. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020 for a death attributed to COVID-19.
  2. 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.
  3. An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.
  4. The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
  5. This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.
  6. Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.

When you apply you will need an original death certificate, funeral expenses documents and proof of funds along with names, Social Security numbers, contact information and a mailing address.

In order to see if you qualify for this assistance you can call FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 1-844-684-6333 or visit online at FEMA.gov and search for COVID-19 funeral assistance.