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Money for funerals due to COVID-19

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)

1. How it Works

You can get reimbursed for funeral costs up to $9,000 for someone who died due to COVID-19.

  • Financial assistance may cover funeral services, burials, cremation costs, and other expenses that you paid between January 20, 2020 and May 11, 2023.
  • Your income does not affect eligibility.
  • Benefits will be paid by check or direct deposit.

2. Determine your eligibility

You may be eligible if:

  1. You are a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national, or qualified noncitizen.
  2. You incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses on or after January 20, 2020.
  3. The death was attributed to COVID-19, as noted on the death certificate.

3. What you need to include

You need an official death certificate that:

  • shows the death happened in the United States, including U.S. territories and District of Columbia
  • attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19. Otherwise, you can give a signed statement from the original certifier of the death certificate that says COVID-19 was a cause or contributing cause of death.

You also need signed funeral home contract, invoice, receipts, or other documentation that includes:

  • your name, showing you are responsible for some or all of the expenses
  • the name of the person who died
  • itemized expenses
  • proof that the expenses were incurred on or after January 20, 2020

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply by phone

  1. Prepare your documents and call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number:
  2. Once you have applied and are given an application number, submit your documents using one of these ways:
    • Online: Upload to your account
    • Fax documents: 855-261-3452
    • Mail documents: P.O. BOX 10001, Hyattsville, MD 20782

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance site to learn more.

Call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number

844-684-6333, TTY: 800-462-7585
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

Beware of Scams: FEMA will not contact anyone until they have called FEMA or have applied for assistance.

If you doubt a FEMA representative is legitimate, hang up and report it to the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362

Last Updated August 8, 2023

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