COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Available

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus. FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must
meet these conditions:
• The death must have occurred in the United
States, including the U.S. territories, and the
District of Columbia.
• The death certificate must indicate the death
was attributed to or caused by COVID-19.
• The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen
national or qualified alien who incurred funeral
expenses after January 20, 2020.
• There is no requirement for the deceased
person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen
national or qualified alien

Which expenses will qualify for reimbursement?
Examples of eligible expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation may include, but not limited to:

Transportation for up to two people to identify
the deceased individual
• The transfer of remains, a casket or urn
• A burial plot or cremation niche
• A marker or headstone
• Clergy or officiant services
• The arrangement of a funeral ceremony
• The use of funeral home equipment or staff
• Cremation or interment costs
• Costs associated with producing multiple
death certificates

What information do I need to provide to FEMA?
Please have the following information before contacting FEMA to apply:

• Your name, social security number, date of birth, mailing address and contact phone numbers.
• The name, social security number and date of birth for each deceased individual.
• The location or address where the deceased individual passed away.
• Documentation and receipts for any assistance already received from other sources, including burial or
funeral insurance, donations, voluntary agencies, other government programs or non-profit organizations.
• If you and another person both incurred funeral expenses for the same deceased individual(s), you can
also provide that person as a co-applicant — include their name, social security number and date of birth
on the application.


Call FEMA’s COVID-19
Funeral Assistance Helpline at
(TTY: 800-462-7585)
from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET,
Monday – Friday and begin the
application process.

For fastest service
following your application,
you can begin submitting
documentation online through,
by fax 855-261-3452.
Documents may also be mailed to:
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
P.O. Box 10001
Hyattsville, MD 20782