In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized last week, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide. Assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral. Applicants may apply for multiple deceased individuals, but assistance will be limited to a maximum of $35,500 per application.

In the coming weeks, a dedicated 800 number will be established to help individuals who apply. In the meantime, potential applicants are encouraged to start gathering documentation, including an official death certificate that attributes the death to COVID-19, funeral expense documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.), and proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. More information regarding this assistance can be found at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance.