FEMA to provide Funeral Assistance up to $9,000 for Covid related Funeral Costs: FEMA funeral assistance policy

FEMA funeral assistance policy

On April 12, 2021 US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced the FEMA funeral assistance policy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently launched its Covid-19 funeral assistance program, wherein the agency will provide financial reimbursement to people who need financial aid covering the costs of funeral of family members and loved ones who passed away due to Coronavirus after January 20, 2020.

In the past year, thousands of families have had fatalities attributed to the Coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, such families have been dealing with grief and trying to pay for the funeral expenses of their loved ones. Considering this, FEMA has announced the FEMA funeral assistance program that is set to provide financial and federal aid for funeral expenses.

Thousands of applications poured in as soon as FEMA released the policy and application program under the Covid 19 funeral policy.

At a press conference, democrats US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urged the public to apply for the Funeral Reimbursement Policy if they had paid for any Coronavirus related funeral expenses of a loved one.

Eligibility Criteria for FEMA funeral assistance policy

FEMA launched the eligibility criteria as well as the requirements for registering under the program. The agency is providing a maximum amount of $9,000 of financial aid per funeral. If, however, a person applies for multiple deceased individuals, they would be reimbursed with a maximum financial aid amount of $35,500.

The agency announced that it will accept calls on the COVID 19 Funeral Assistance line on the toll-free number 844-684-6333, Monday through Friday between 8 am and 8 pm.

Prior to awarding the financial assistance, the applicant’s eligibility will be verified by FEMA. Individuals are required to carry certain documents for verification under the policy. The documents required are-

  • The official death certificate of the deceased person that indicates that the death occurred in the United States.
  • Proof of funds allocated from sources other than funeral insurance and financial aid received by other sources or agencies.
  • Funeral expense documents that include the deceased person’s name, applicant’s name, date of the expense incurred and amount of expense.

Only those deaths that have occurred in the United States,  the district of Columbia and U.S. territories will be deemed eligible under the program. There is no compulsion on the nationality of the deceased for the eligibility criteria.

Implementation of FEMA funeral assistance policy

To ensure timely implementation, the ONA FEMA Option will administer all Funeral Assistance and reimbursement for COVID 19 related fatalities.

FEMA is set to provide funeral assistance under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act of 2021 and the  American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Individuals can apply for a co-applicant if another person also incurred funeral expenses for the same deceased person. The co-applicant will also have access to the application.

The applicants will receive the funds depending on the funds option chosen by them. 


The COVID 19 pandemic has been overwhelming for many families and individuals. Due to sudden demise and financial distress, many families have been overcome by grief and stress. FEMA aims to assist people in easing their financial burden by its financial assistance program for COVID-19-related funeral expenses.


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