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Families who lost a loved one due to COVID-19 may qualify for some financial relief through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA is providing reimbursements of up to $9,000 per funeral to families who incurred funeral expenses due to a COVID-19-related death.
Read these FAQs to learn who is eligible, how to apply and more.
U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or qualified non-citizens responsible for the funeral expenses are eligible to receive COVID-19 funeral assistance. The death must be attributed to COVID-19 and have occurred on or after Jan. 20, 2020, in the United States, including U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
Qualifying expenses include:
Applicants must provide FEMA with a copy of an official death certificate that validates eligibility.
If the death certificate was issued between Jan. 20, 2020, and May 16, 2020, it must either:
Applicants must also provide FEMA with a signed funeral home contract, invoice, receipts or other documentation that includes:
To apply for COVID-19 funeral assistance, applicants must call 844.684.6333 to complete an application by phone with a FEMA representative. Applicants cannot apply online.
Applicants must have the following information ready:
Once the application has been submitted via phone, FEMA will provide an application number to create an account on DisasterAssistance.gov and upload supporting documents. Applicants may also submit supporting documents via mail or fax using the information below:
It takes approximately 45 days for FEMA to make an eligibility decision once they receive all the required documents.
If your application is approved, funds will be deposited to your bank account or by a mailed check from the Department of Treasury, depending on which option you choose during your application.
To learn more about COVID-19 financial relief available to you or to obtain assistance, contact Doeren Mayhew today.
This publication is distributed for informational purposes only, with the understanding that Doeren Mayhew is not rendering legal, accounting, or other professional opinions on specific facts for matters, and, accordingly, assumes no liability whatsoever in connection with its use. Should the reader have any questions regarding any of the news articles, it is recommended that a Doeren Mayhew representative be contacted.
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