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FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Nears $364 Million

Release Date:
Jen 21, 2021

WASHINGTON – FEMA has provided nearly $364 million to 54,000 people for COVID-19 related funeral costs.

The national average for an award is $6,756, as nearly 2,500 FEMA employees continue working with applicants to manually review every application, determining eligibility each week. Eligibility determinations are not driven by state/location; instead, they are based on when the applicant submits all required documentation.

"Applications" in the below chart reflect the number of individuals who called to begin the process for assistance. Once an individual applies, FEMA sends a letter outlining the required documentation needed to process their application. The process to determine eligibility starts after an applicant submits all required documentation. FEMA developed a process to ensure applicants have ample time to collect and submit required documents for assistance. While some jurisdictions provide or amend death certificates in four to six weeks, others may take longer. FEMA will make calls and send additional letters reminding applicants of the required documents.

Please find below state-specific information:

State/Territory

Applications

Amount Approved

Number of Awards

ALABAMA

5,080

$8,517,563

1,203

ALASKA

106

$83,416

14

AMERICAN SAMOA

5

$0

0

ARIZONA

3,745

$3,728,630

682

ARKANSAS

2,136

$3,227,550

492

CALIFORNIA

24,139

$ 32,113,216

4,822

COLORADO

1,645

$1,663,141

288

COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANAS

4

 $4,344

1

CONNECTICUT

2,784

$5,983,318

841

DELAWARE

679

$975,302

150

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

447

$783,775

111

FLORIDA

12,646

$18,271,829

3,165

GEORGIA

8,378

$13,527,512

1,938

GUAM

10

$20,436

3

HAWAII

214

$183,471

30

IDAHO

448

$584,527

101

ILLINOIS

9,379

$17,877,215

2,581

INDIANA

3,861

$5,701,344

791

IOWA

2,028

$4,402,880

596

KANSAS

1,855

$3,577,671

523

KENTUCKY

2,972

$4,521,202

621

LOUISIANA

4,152

$6,414,714

918

MAINE

275

$294,742

61

MARYLAND

4,457

$7,075,240

1,031

MASSACHUSETTS

4,611

$7,714,294

1,085

MICHIGAN

7,575

$11,514,049

1,871

MINNESOTA

2,126

$4,003,097

571

MISSISSIPPI

3,647

$4,465,357

638

MISSOURI

3,824

$5,621,381

835

MONTANA

382

$299,542

62

NEBRASKA

952

$2,068,622

282

NEVADA

1,898

$2,096,039

377

NEW HAMPSHIRE

535

$738,784

122

NEW JERSEY

9,673

$15,434,766

2,179

NEW MEXICO

1,233

$1,096,672

203

NEW YORK

20,956

$35,428,393

4,979

NORTH CAROLINA

6,569

$12,278,931

1,842

NORTH DAKOTA

554

$832,293

108

OHIO

7,668

$16,334,400

2,507

OKLAHOMA

3,134

$5,665,062

836

OREGON

645

$870,538

170

PENNSYLVANIA

10,320

$19,968,529

3,025

PUERTO RICO

942

$155,126

39

RHODE ISLAND

973

$2,098,631

298

SOUTH CAROLINA

4,622

$7,679,375

1,073

SOUTH DAKOTA

587

$1,149,332

146

TENNESSEE

5,518

$8,656,867

1,220

TEXAS

20,188

$39,979,868

5,993

UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS

20

$29,885

4

UTAH

834

$1,481,838

212

VERMONT

112

$172,290

29

VIRGINIA

4,891

$8,164,762

1,188

WASHINGTON

1,427

$1,686,491

295

WEST VIRGINIA

1,149

$1,619,371

226

WISCONSIN

3,663

$4,517,008

640

WYOMING

197

$399,988

68

Applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available. Applicants who use a relay service, such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, should provide FEMA with the specific number assigned to them for that service so that agency representatives are able to contact them. Please note, phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number. Additional information about COVID-19 funeral assistance, including frequently asked questions, is available on FEMA.gov.

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