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FEMA Funeral Assistance Nears $200 Million in Disbursements

Release Date Release Number
HQ-21-118
Release Date:
June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON -- In the short time since FEMA began accepting COVID-19 funeral assistance applications, the agency is quickly approaching a milestone of $200 million in awards. Nearly $190 million has been approved for almost 28,000 eligible applicants.

“Applications” in the below chart reflect the number of individuals who have contacted FEMA to begin the process for assistance. Once an individual applies, FEMA will send a letter outlining the required documentation needed to process their application. The eligibility determination process 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

Awards

ALABAMA

4,831

$4,055,032

565

ALASKA

94

$28,940

4

AMERICAN SAMOA

4

 $0

0

ARIZONA

3,526

$1,347,754

250

ARKANSAS

2,025

$1,736,617

256

CALIFORNIA

22,991

$18,713,137

2,788

COLORADO

1,509

$842,712

143

COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANAS

3

 $4,344

1

CONNECTICUT

2,649

$3,580,501

500

DELAWARE

635

$527,777

82

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

419

$388,673

55

FLORIDA

11,925

$11,028,318

1,900

GEORGIA

7,894

$5,698,047

811

GUAM

8

$20,436

3

HAWAII

205

$107,062

19

IDAHO

410

$329,856

59

ILLINOIS

8,823

$10,425,971

1,518

INDIANA

3,642

$2,188,405

303

IOWA

1,941

$1,870,626

247

KANSAS

1,759

$1,612,634

230

KENTUCKY

2,813

$1,916,909

269

LOUISIANA

3,950

$3,187,687

453

MAINE

240

$144,076

35

MARYLAND

4,174

$3,268,654

460

MASSACHUSETTS

4,381

$3,504,415

493

MICHIGAN

7,049

$4,845,029

782

MINNESOTA

1,999

$1,785,272

252

MISSISSIPPI

3,465

$2,156,519

304

MISSOURI

3,586

$2,529,987

366

MONTANA

353

$136,415

28

NEBRASKA

890

$1,002,846

137

NEVADA

1,799

$821,823

138

NEW HAMPSHIRE

492

$437,313

71

NEW JERSEY

9,188

$10,162,868

1,419

NEW MEXICO

1,155

$533,581

103

NEW YORK

19,826

$22,565,775

3,133

NORTH CAROLINA

6,169

$7,726,034

1,152

NORTH DAKOTA

523

$488,866

62

OHIO

7,198

$10,333,793

1,576

OKLAHOMA

2,979

$2,357,572

342

OREGON

600

$527,450

104

PENNSYLVANIA

9,740

$9,041,260

1,338

PUERTO RICO

882

$83,394

21

RHODE ISLAND

937

$1,431,532

203

SOUTH CAROLINA

4,375

$2,742,916

382

SOUTH DAKOTA

549

$664,400

86

TENNESSEE

5,206

$3,843,395

528

TEXAS

19,054

$18,554,441

2,720

UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS

18

$14,316

2

UTAH

788

$876,532

127

VERMONT

107

$68,512

12

VIRGINIA

4,597

$4,027,217

591

WASHINGTON

1,326

$629,985

102

WEST VIRGINIA

1,060

$662,547

90

WISCONSIN

3,495

$2,107,547

300

WYOMING

182

$219,285

36

 

* Funeral assistance data will change daily; the information reflects data as of 8 a.m. ET today.  

Applicants may apply by calling (844) 684-6333 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. 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. Multilingual services are available. 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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Last updated July 19, 2021