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.
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
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
You may be eligible if:
- You are a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national, or qualified noncitizen.
- You incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses on or after January 20, 2020.
- The death was attributed to COVID-19, as noted on the death certificate.
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
- Prepare your documents and call the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number:
- Once you have applied and are given an application number, submit your documents using one of these ways:
- Online: Upload to your DisasterAssistance.gov account
- Fax documents: 855-261-3452
- Mail documents: P.O. BOX 10001, Hyattsville, MD 20782
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