Author: Stuart Kohn
On April 12, 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a hotline whereby families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 can apply for up to $9,000 in financial assistance to cover funeral and burial expenses. Currently, applications can only be received via the hotline. FEMA has provided funeral-related aid in connection with previous natural disasters, but this is the largest relief effort of its kind.
The following are responses to some FAQs regarding the program:
Who qualifies for COVID-19 funeral assistance?
To be eligible, you must meet the following qualifications:
How do I apply for funeral assistance?
Applicants can call the hotline at 844-684-6333, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Online applications aren’t available at this time. FEMA estimates that the process should take about 20 minutes.
Is there a maximum amount of COVID-19 funeral assistance I can receive?
Assistance is capped at $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application per state, territory, or the District of Columbia.
What is the deadline for applying for COVID-19 funeral assistance?
There is currently no deadline on applications.
Where can I find out more information?
Additional information is available on FEMA’s website.