Expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation typically include, but are not limited to:
Transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individual
Transfer of remains
Casket or urn
Burial plot or cremation niche
Marker or headstone
Clergy or officiant services
Arrangement of the funeral ceremony
Use of funeral home equipment or staff
Cremation or interment costs
Costs associated with producing and certifying multiple death certificates
Additional expenses mandated by any applicable local or state government laws or ordinances
Assistance is limited to a maximum of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application per state.
Apply for Assistance:
To begin the application process, individuals can call FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585. The helpline is available Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST.
Find a checklist of documentation needed prior to your call by clicking here.
At this time, there is no deadline to apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance. FEMA will communicate a specific deadline once established.
Learn more about the reimbursement process or FAQs by visiting FEMA’s website.
Applicants can also access a video overview of the process here.
Available to anyone with a coronavirus-related hardship, like loss of or reduction income
Prevents you from being evicted if you declare your hardship
Visit the California’s Housing page to learn what your hardship declaration must include.