FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance


AGEG encourages you to share the information with your families
who may be eligible for reimbursement. 


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.


At this time, there is no deadline to apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.

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, we amended the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance policy to assist with COVID-19 related deaths that occurred in the early months of the pandemic.

Read the Policy Change Frequently Asked Questions CLICK HERE


Required Documents

  • Official death certificate that shows the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and District of Columbia.
  • If the death certificate was issued between Jan. 20 and May 16, 2020, it must either 1) attribute the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 or 2) be accompanied by a signed statement from 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 signed statement must provide an additional explanation, or causal pathway, linking the cause of death listed on the death certificate to COVID-19.
  • If the death certificate occurred on or after May 17, 2020, the death certificate must attribute the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19.

If you are eligible for funeral assistance you will receive funds by direct deposit or a check by mail, depending on which option you chose when you applied for assistance.


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

FEMA has updated their Frequently Asked Questions section to include options to search by keywords and types of questions. Visit CLICK HERE


Announcements from FEMA

  • FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance State-by-State Breakdown - FEMA has provided over $1.6 billion to more than 247,000 people to assist with COVID-19-related funeral costs for deaths occurring on or after Jan. 20, 2020. - January 3, 2022 - CLICK HERE


For more information, click the links below to be redirected to the FEMA pages. 

  • COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Individuals and Households Program Policy (Interim) (Version 2) - CLICK HERE
  • Funeral Assistance FAQ - CLICK HERE
  • FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths Press Release | March 24, 2021 - CLICK HERE
  • COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Flyer - CLICK HERE

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Funeral Assistance

Who is Eligible

How to Apply

How are Funds Received 

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