FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance


FEMA Funeral Assistance for COVID-19 Related Deaths

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.

AGEG encourages you to share the information with your families who may be eligible for reimbursement.  We will share more information as it becomes available.  The FAQ section has been updated (May 12, 2021). 

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number
Applications begin on April 12, 2021
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585


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

  • 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 on our Funeral Assistance FAQ page (open the "FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS" drop down window below for the latest updates as of May 7, 2021 or CLICK HERE to be directed to the FEMA 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.

Fraud Alert
FEMA has 
received reports of scammers reaching out to people offering to register them for funeral assistance.
FEMA has not sent any such notifications and we do not contact people prior to them registering for assistance. Learn More


Quick Answers

Who is Eligible?

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 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.

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

  • An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • Funeral expenses documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses happened.
  • Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. We are not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.


How Funds are Received

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.


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

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