Starting next week, Americans who lost family members to COVID-19 will be able to ask the federal government for help in paying for funeral expenses, with a maximum of $9,000 per funeral.
Starting next week, Americans who lost family members to COVID-19 will be able to ask the federal government for help in paying for funeral expenses.
The COVID-19 relief bill signed into law by President Donald Trump in December 2020 earmarked $2 billion for funeral and burial assistance. The program is intended to assist those families who paid for out-of-pocket funeral expenses during the pandemic, even if they had already applied to other disaster relief programs.
Anyone who incurred funeral expenses for a COVID-related death after Jan. 20, 2020, is eligible for the program. Assistance will be limited to a maximum of $9,000 per funeral.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) will begin accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on Monday, April 12, 2021, through their dedicated call centers at (844) 684-6333.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 550,169 Americans have lost their lives to the covid pandemic.
To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:
- The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
- The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
- The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
- There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
For more information about the FEMA assistance, click here.