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FEMA Funeral Assistance

Depending on the arrangements, funeral services can cost veteran-families thousands of dollars putting some in a tough spot financially.


Well, FEMA wants to help with those expenses. The government agency’s mission is to be there before, during and after disasters. The COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program is FEMA’s way to help ease some of the financial stress created by the deadly virus.


Starting Monday, April 12, 2021, FEMA is offering to reimburse veteran-families up to $9,000 for COVID-19 related funeral costs, per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.


How to Apply For FEMA Funeral Assistance


COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number


Applications begin: April 12, 2021

Call:  844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585


Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time











If you had COVID-19 funeral expenses, we encourage you to keep and gather documentation. Types of information should include:

  • An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • Funeral expenses documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses happened.
  • Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. We are not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.