FEMA Funeral Assistance Program
would like to provide information for residents on FEMA's new Funeral Assistance
Program, which is now accepting applications.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial assistance
for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020. The program
provides a maximum of $9,000 per funeral to eligible individuals who incurred funeral
expenses due to COVID-19.
Eligibility requirements include the following:
The death must have occurred in the U.S., U.S. territories or the District of
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 Jan. 20, 2020. There is no requirement for the
deceased individual to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified
Those who incur funeral expenses related to COVID-19 are recommended to gather
and keep information such as:
An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID19 and shows that the death occurred in the U.S., U.S. territories or the District of
Funeral expense 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
Applications began to be accepted on Monday, April 12. To apply, call the
dedicated COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line at 844-684-6333 and FEMA
representatives will help you complete an application. The line operates from 9
a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Monday - Friday. No online applications will be accepted.
The public is also reminded to be cautious of possible scams. FEMA has received
reports of scammers contacting people and offering to register them for funeral
assistance. FEMA does not contact people before they register for assistance.
More information about the assistance program can be found here, along with a video
describing the process. Frequently asked questions can be found here.
Mental and emotional health resources are available for those grieving loss due to the
Call or text the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 for immediate help and
The American Red Cross is operating a Virtual Family Assistance Center to
provide comfort, support, information and resource referrals for families that have
lost loved ones to COVID-19. All support will be provided virtually and is
completely confidential. Call 833-492-0094 or visit the Virtual Family Assistance
Additional resources are outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.