The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. FEMA’s mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. They are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.
Learn how to submit an application for FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program.
Learn more about the Funeral Assistance Policy and download recent policy changes.
To be deemed eligible for the Funeral Assistance Program, you must meet certain conditions.
Access links to helpful FEMA videos, Frequently Asked Questions, and more.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time
Call this dedicated toll-free phone number to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA’s representatives. Multilingual services will be available.
Get answers to frequently asked questions about the application process on FEMA’s Funeral Assistance FAQ page.
If you use a relay service, such as your videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, please provide your specific number assigned to that service. It is important that FEMA is able to contact you, and you should be aware phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.
On June 29, 2021, we amended the funeral assistance policy to assist with COVID-19 related deaths that occurred in the early months of the pandemic.
This policy change will allow applicants to submit a signed statement from the certifying official on the death certificate or the local medical examiner, or coroner, that attributes the death to COVID-19 deaths that occurred between Jan. 20 and May 16, 2020.
To be eligible for FEMA funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:
If you had COVID-19 funeral expenses, we encourage you to keep and gather documentation, including: