FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance


FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

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.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.


GFDA encourages you to share the information with your families who may be eligible for reimbursement. Note: FEMA has updated their Funeral Assistance Video. If you placed the original video on your website, you will want to replace it with the new version. 


Announcements from FEMA

  • FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance State-by-State Breakdown - October 4, 2021 - FEMA has provided over $1.158 billion to more than 176,000 people to assist with COVID-19-related funeral costs for deaths occurring on or after Jan. 20, 2020. HERE


How to Apply

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time


Call this dedicated toll-free phone number to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA's representatives. Multilingual services will be available.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the application process below or visit the FEMA Funeral Assistance FAQ page.

If you use a relay service, such as your videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, please provide your specific number assigned to that service. It is important that FEMA is able to contact you, and you should be aware phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.


Funeral Assistance Policy

On June 29, 2021, FEMA amended the funeral assistance policy to assist with COVID-19 related fatalities that occurred in the early months of the pandemic.

This policy change will allow applicants to submit a statement or letter from the death certificate’s certifying official, medical examiner, or coroner, that attributes the death to COVID-19 fatalities that occurred between Jan. 20 and May 16, 2020.

Read the amended policy HERE 

Read the Policy Change Frequently Asked Questions HERE


Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:

  • For deaths that occurred after May 16, 2020, the death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • For deaths that occurred from Jan. 20 to May 16, 2020, any death certificate that does not attribute the cause of death to COVID-19 must be accompanied by a signed statement listing COVID-19 as a cause or contributing cause of death.
    • The signed statement must be provided by the original certifier of the death certificate or the local medical examiner or coroner from the jurisdiction in which the death occurred.
    • The statement must provide an additional explanation, or causal pathway, linking the cause of death listed on the death certificate with COVID-19.

If you had COVID-19 funeral expenses, we encourage you to keep and gather documentation. Types of information should include:

  • Official death certificate that shows the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories.
    • If the death certificate is from Jan. 20 to May 16, 2020 it must either attribute the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 or be accompanied by a signed statement provided by the original certifier of the death certificate or the local medical examiner or coroner from the jurisdiction in which the death occurred listing COVID-19 as a cause or contributing cause of death. This statement must provide an additional explanation, or causal pathway, linking the cause of death listed on the death certificate with COVID-19.
    • If the death certificate from May 17, 2020 or later the death certificate must attribute the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19.
If you are eligible for funeral assistance you will receive a check by mail, or funds by direct deposit, depending on which option you choose when you apply for assistance.


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NOTE: The FAQ section includes a section for Funeral Directors and Other Deathcare Providers and was updated August 29, 2021.

FEMA Amends COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Policy


You may also visit the links below to be redirected to the FEMA pages. 


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