COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program
On April 12, 2021, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began accepting applications for funeral assistance for deaths that occurred as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The assistance will be offered similarly with normal funeral assistance claims following natural disasters. For a death to be considered for funeral assistance it must have occurred after January 20, 2020.
Eligible applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 or TTY: 800-462-7585 toll free, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. pacific time. Applicants must provide FEMA with a copy of the death certificate, proof of funeral expenses incurred and proof of funeral assistance received from any other source.
Assistance is available to U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals and qualified aliens such as green card holders, asylees, refugees, and others - who provide the required information and COVID related documents. Eligible applicants, living in the United States, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, may be reimbursed for up to $9,000 for each funeral.
Due to the large number of applicants expected and additional case work questions that may arise, FEMA established a funeral assistance task force and developed a process to handle all inquiries.
- Phone number: 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
- Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. pacific time
Additionally, as new information and documents are made available, they will be posted directly to the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov web page.
Currently on the page you will be able to find:
- Funeral Assistance IHP Policy - FEMA POLICY: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
- Funeral Assistance FAQs - Funeral Assistance FAQ | FEMA.gov
- Press Release - FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths | FEMA.gov
An additional resource available to Californian's is the CalHOPE program. CalHOPE is the statewide crisis counseling program that can help support the bereaved with mental health services as they navigate the funeral assistance program.
- Phone number: 833-317-HOPE (4673)