FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program Blog

FEMA is now offering U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or qualified aliens who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020 for a death in the U.S. attributed to COVID-19 funeral assistance up to $9,000 per funeral or $35,500 per application (for several funerals).

To apply:
visitĀ www.DisasterAssistance.gov,
or call COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at
844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585).
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

If you already have a FEMA account (e.g. from Hurricane Sandy), you can use it to view your FEMA correspondences to take the next steps after the initial phone call to apply. Within 90 days from your initial FEMA registration phone call for funeral assistance account, you will need to send them funeral expense documents, an official death certificate that clearly states the death was attributed to COVID-19, proof of funds received from other sources, and a signed declaration letter (FEMA will send you this letter in the correspondences of your online account).

If you are eligible, FEMA will reimburse you by paper check or direct deposit.