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COVID-19 funeral assistance still available

Submitted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
updated: 4/12/2022 12:06 PM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to provide financial assistance for people who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses for loved ones. Since launching the program on April 1, 2021, FEMA has provided more than $2.1 billion in COVID-19 funeral assistance to eligible applicants across the country, and assistance is still available.

"This program was created to address the unique financial challenges ... caused by the pandemic that has taken the lives of nearly a million loved ones, friends and neighbors," said Thomas C. Sivak, FEMA Region 5 administrator.

Eligible applicants may qualify for up to $9,000 for each deceased individual per application, with a maximum of $35,000 for families who may have multiple funeral expenses due to COVID-19.

Since the assistance began on April 12, 2021, the average amount of assistance awarded is $6,500.

Start the application process by calling (844) 684-6333 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available. Note that phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.

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.

Additional information about COVID-19 funeral assistance, including frequently asked questions, is available on

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