FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

June 30, 2022

Eligibility & Application Process

Applying for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance starts with a simple phone call. It only takes about 20 minutes to complete an application with a FEMA representative who will explain the process and answer any questions.


Individuals who incurred funeral expenses for a death attributed to COVID-19 may apply by calling the toll-free COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 844-684-6333.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Service is available in multiple languages.

When the application is complete, the applicant will receive a FEMA application number and a letter explaining how to submit documents to FEMA. They can send their documents via web, fax, or mail:

  • Upload to:, which is available to the applicant after the application process is completed
  • Fax to: 855-261-3452
  • Mail to: P.O. BOX 10001, Hyattsville, MD 20782


  • The official death certificate that shows the death happened in the United States, including U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, and attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19
  • If the death certificate was issued between January 20 and May 16, 2020, and does not attribute the death to COVID-19, you may also provide a statement signed by the certifying official who signed the death certificate, medical examiner, or coroner linking the cause of death on the death certificate to COVID-19


You may qualify for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen, noncitizen national, or qualified noncitizen
  • You incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses on or after January 20, 2020.
  • The death was attributed to COVID-19, as noted on the death certificate.


Eligible COVID-19 Funeral Assistance expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Funeral services
  • Cremation
  • Burial
  • Transportation for up to two people to identify the deceased individual
  • Transfer of remains
  • Casket or urn
  • Burial plot or cremation niche
  • Marker or headstone
  • Clergy or officiant services
  • Funeral ceremony arrangements
  • Use of funeral home equipment or staff
  • Costs for producing multiple death certificates
  • Additional expenses required by local or state government laws



You may find more information on FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance website