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  • The death must have occurred in the U.S. (includes U.S. territories and the District of Columbia)
  • Death certificate must indicate that the death was caused by Covid-19
  • U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, and qualified aliens are eligible
  • You can apply for reimbursement of funeral expenses for more than one person, if applicable.


  • Application process is phone only
  • Monday–Friday, 6am-6pm PST / 8am-8pm CMT

How to Apply:

  • Call the FEMA hotline to begin the application process: 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
  • You will be given an application number over the phone and instructions on how to submit supporting documentation to FEMA

 You will need:

  • Death Certificate with COVID-19 listed as cause of death
  • Proof of paid funeral expenses (receipts, contract for services, etc.)

How To Prepare:

Applicants will be asked for the following information:

  • Birthdate of applicant and the deceased
  • Social Security Number of applicant and deceased
  • Address/location where death occurred
  • Information about any financial assistance received from charitable organizations, donations, etc.

Qualifying Funeral Expenses

  • Casket
  • Urn
  • Cemetery plot or cremation niche
  • Funeral arrangements, use of funeral home, and staff
  • Headstone or grave marker
  • Transportation of body
  • Cremation, burial, and related costs
  • Officiant or clergy fee
  • Death certificate


For more information go to FEMA’s Official Covid-19 Funeral Assistance Webpage 

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