Who cannot apply for funeral assistance?

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The COVID-19 incident period ended on May 11, 2023. FEMA will continue to provide funeral assistance until Sept. 30, 2025, to those who have lost loved ones due to this pandemic.

  • States, tribes, territories, businesses, organizations, and other entities are not eligible for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.
  • A minor child applying on behalf of an adult who is not a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified non-citizen cannot apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.
    • However, a minor child who is a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified non-citizen, can apply if they directly incurred funeral expenses for a COVID-19-related death and the documentation supports that assertion.
  • There are several categories of non-citizens who are not eligible for FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program, including COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. These individuals include, but are not limited to:
    • Citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands
    • Temporary tourist visa holders
    • Foreign students
    • Temporary work visa holders
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