FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

Program Summary:

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.


Qualification Requirement:

  • You are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen, national, or qualified alien who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • The funeral expenses were an individual whose death in the United States, territories or the District of Columbia, may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19.
  • A minor child cannot apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance on behalf of an adult who is not a U.S. citizen, non-citizen, or qualified alien.



  • 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.



Assistance is limited to a maximum of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application per state, territory, or the District of Columbia. If assistance has already been received through the Choctaw Nation Tribal Burial Program, the applicant would receive the difference up to $9,000 per funeral and $35,500 per application.



FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance at 844-684-6333. Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time.