COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

Who is Eligible?

What is Covered?

What is Required?

How Does it Work?

Funeral Assistance State-by-State Totals

Additional Resources

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This graphic shows various financial milestones for the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program.
FEMA has given $2.8 billion to eligible applicants for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.

If you are covering the cost of a COVID-19 funeral, FEMA may be able to help.

You may qualify for up to $9,000 per funeral for expenses.

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Have Questions?

Call 844-684-6333
Monday-Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

Multilingual services are available.

If you use a relay service, please provide FEMA with the specific number assigned to you for the service so we can follow up with you about your application.

Who is Eligible?

FEMA may provide COVID-19 Funeral Assistance to you if:

  • you are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified non-citizen.
  • the death occurred in the United States, including U.S. territories and the District of Columbia;
  • the death was attributed to COVID-19; and
  • you are responsible for the eligible funeral expenses incurred on or after January 20, 2020

What is Covered?

FEMA may approve COVID-19 Funeral Assistance for expenses such as:

  • funeral services
  • cremation
  • interment
  • costs associated with producing death certificates
  • costs due to local or state government laws or ordinances
  • transportation for up to two people to identify the person who died
  • transfer of remains
  • casket or urn
  • burial plot
  • marker or headstone
  • clergy
  • funeral ceremony
  • funeral home equipment or staff

To learn more and start an application, call 844-684-6333.

What is Required?

You must provide FEMA a copy of an official death certificate that shows the death occurred in the United States, including U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, occurred after January 20, 2020, and was attributed to COVID-19.

If the death certificate was issued between January 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.

You must provide FEMA with a signed funeral home contract, invoice, receipts, or other documentation that includes:

  • your name, showing you are responsible for some or all of the expense
  • the name of the person who died
  • itemized expenses
  • proof that the expenses were incurred on or after January 20, 2020

To learn more or start an application, call 844-684-6333.

How Does it Work?

  1. To apply, call 844-684-6333 toll-free between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday. FEMA representatives will take your application, and multilingual services are available. COVID-19 Funeral Assistance applications must be completed with a FEMA representative; you cannot apply online. It will take about 20 minutes to apply, and you must provide:
    • Your Social Security number and date of birth
    • The Social Security number and date of birth of the person who died
    • Your current mailing address and telephone number
    • The address where the individual died
    • If the person who died had burial or funeral insurance policies
    • If you received other funeral assistance (such as donations, CARES Act grants, state/territory assistance, or assistance from voluntary organizations)
    • If you want eligible funds delivered by direct deposit, the routing and account number of your checking or savings account.
  2. After you apply, FEMA will provide you an application number, and you may create an account on DisasterAssistance.gov.
  3. You must submit supporting documents (e.g., funeral home contracts, receipts, invoices, death certificate) by:
    • Upload to your DisasterAssistance.gov account
    • Fax to 855-261-3452
    • Mail to: P.O. Box 10001, Hyattsville, MD 20782.
  4. Once FEMA receives all required documents, it takes approximately 45 days to make an eligibility decision.
  5. If FEMA approves your application for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, funds will be deposited to your bank account or sent by mail in the form of a Department of the Treasury check, depending on which option you choose during your application. Funds usually arrive within a few days of approval, and you will receive a notification letter.

Funeral Assistance State-by-State Totals

As of Feb. 1, 2023 there were more than 451,073 applications totaling more than $2.9 billion for 461,206 decedents. Applications can include the funeral expenses for more than one decedent in a state.

State / TerritoryApplicationsAmount ApprovedNumber of Awards
Alabama12,588$68,673,795.7310,136
Alaska526$1,864,084.44385
American Samoa33$85,658.8115
Arizona10,049$38,795,080.367,841
Arkansas5,943$29,959,263.664,815
California46,757$233,140,865.3736,568
Colorado5,460$23,514,742.584,348
Connecticut5,580$30,849,434.494,510
Delaware1,770$8,988,892.521,410
District Of Columbia845$4,209,403.28629
Florida37,002$165,916,489.5129,750
Georgia22,665$124,208,107.7218,142
Guam34$150,007.1921
Hawaii834$3,672,468.57634
Idaho2,061$9,145,595.691,671
Illinois22,275$125,158,290.8818,192
Indiana11,715$65,512,353.909,479
Iowa4,837$27,964,263.203,935
Kansas5,138$27,318,074.744,207
Kentucky10,768$62,413,130.778,689
Louisiana9,389$50,532,014.887,350
Maine1,299$5,511,320.271,020
Marshall IslandsLess than 10$7,148.71Less than 10
Maryland9,733$52,418,186.257,806
Massachusetts10,541$57,899,932.278,502
Michigan20,438$101,371,979.2216,470
Minnesota6,229$34,535,302.505,087
Mississippi8,428$44,854,843.526,639
Missouri11,526$58,848,197.719,455
Montana1,450$5,960,982.711,186
Nebraska2,565$14,433,754.582,094
Nevada4,939$20,296,175.233,851
New Hampshire1,530$7,253,107.711,212
New Jersey18,186$101,371,743.9214,670
New Mexico3,676$14,906,843.502,829
New York39,701$215,365,574.0431,381
North Carolina18,992$99,821,528.7015,344
North Dakota1,281$7,900,821.291,064
Northern Mariana Islands36$86,934.9918
Ohio24,635$131,037,950.6020,236
Oklahoma8,940$45,175,463.277,229
Oregon2,898$9,842,189.222,224
Pennsylvania26,973$146,431,384.9622,171
Puerto Rico3,008$8,670,524.942,190
Rhode Island1,811$10,192,687.851,492
South Carolina12,611$68,696,072.5610,211
South Dakota1,276$7,361,722.941,033
Tennessee16,040$88,992,032.1613,250
Texas50,260$262,223,431.6740,500
US Virgin Islands86$421,328.3266
Utah2,622$14,354,814.032,127
Vermont361$1,518,960.75278
Virginia13,345$71,345,549.7910,816
Washington5,042$20,358,917.543,851
West Virginia4,591$24,829,572.913,655
Wisconsin9,324$50,601,479.207,661
Wyoming888$3,954,813.10726

Questions?

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You can get answers to many additional questions on the Funeral Assistance FAQ pages.

Call 844-684-6333
Monday-Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time
Multilingual services available
If you use a relay service, please provide FEMA with the specific number assigned to you for the service so we can follow up with you about your application.

Additional Resources

The resources below are for community-based organizations to share information about COVID-19 Funeral Assistance with their community members. These files may be downloaded and shared on public-facing communications channels.

Last updated February 2, 2023