FEMA Funeral Reimbursement: Up To $9000 Toward A COVID 19 Death

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FEMA Funeral Reimbursement: Up To $9000 Toward A COVID 19 Death

In this community resource guide I will talk to you about FEMA funeral reimbursement

FEMA recently announced that they would offer surviving family members the chance to apply for as much as $9,000 in funeral funding assistance if a family member passed away due to a death attributed to COVID-19. 

In this posting you will learn all the details you need to know to receive any much needed financial assistance that your family needs as a result of a family member passing away due to Coronavirus. 

What Is FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance?

This is a federal funeral assistance program that was created to reimburse surviving family members with the cost of a funeral for a COVID 19 related death. 

Eligibility For FEMA Government Assistance For Funeral Expenses

The eligibility requirements for this funeral assistance program are: 

  1. The death was attributed to COVID 19
  2. Death occurred after January 20, 2020
  3. The death occurred in the U.S. This includes U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. 
  4. You are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien
  5. Must submit one application per deceased. If multiple family members paid for funeral expenses you will need to coordinate and apply on a single application. Expense documents from contributors other than the applicant and co-applicant can be accepted.
  6. You can apply for multiple deceased individuals. 
  7.  The financial assistance is meant to cover funeral and cremation services. 

Documents Needed For FEMA Death Benefits 

To apply for government assistance for funeral expenses, you will need to provide the following documents: 

  1. A death certificate
  2. Expense documents from the funeral home
  3. Proof of funds received from other sources

A Death Certificate

You will need to provide a death certificate that attributes your family member’s death to COVID 19.  The death must have occurred in the United States. 

According to FEMA the death certificate should indicate that there was a great chance that the family member passed away due to COVID 19. Wording arrangements that are acceptable according to FEMA include: 

  • “May have been caused by COVID 19”
  • “Was likely the result of COVID 19”
  • “COVID 19 symptoms”

Expense Documents From The Funeral Home

Documents from the funeral home will also be needed to apply for this federal funeral fund assistance. The individual applying for COVID 19 funeral reimbursement, the name of the deceased, the amount paid, and date of funeral will need to be listed on the documents. 

Acceptable funeral home expense documents include things like a receipt or funeral home contract. 

Proof Of Funds Received From Other Sources

If you received assistance from another agency or burial insurance plan you will need to provide those documents to receive consideration for funeral reimbursement. 

How Much Funeral Assistance Does FEMA Offer? 

FEMA will provide as much as $9,000 in funeral assistance per funeral. There is a maximum of $35,500 per funeral reimbursement application. 

How To Apply For FEMA Funeral Reimbursement

You will need to call the COVID 19 Funeral Assistance Line at 844.684.6333. FEMA will accept applications for federal funeral help Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm. 

They will begin accepting applications on April 12, 2021. 

What Happens After You Apply?

If you are eligible to receive funeral reimbursement from FEMA you will receive a check by mail or direct deposit. 


COVID 19 has impacted many families. To date,  557,000 Americans have died as a result of COVID 19. 

An unexpected funeral can put a great amount of stress on a family and this government funeral assistance program was created to help you recover some of the earnings that you may have lost during the pandemic. 

If you buried a family member due to a COVID 19 death, you could be entitled to money from this funeral reimbursement fund. 

To learn more, you can visit the COVID 19 Funeral Assistance website or call FEMA at 844.686.6333

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