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FEMA Program - Reimbursement for Funeral Expenses Info

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4/1/2021 UPDATE

Funeral & Cemetery Cost ImageFEMA has announced the application process will open on Monday, April 12, 2021 through a dedicated call center.   Individuals and families must call the dedicated call center to begin the application process.  

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number

Applications begin on April 12, 2021
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time

The link below contains some general information about this program.

FEMA Funeral Assistance General Information Sheet

FEMA Funeral & Cemetery Cost Reimbursement Info (PDF)

Interview with Lisa McClain regarding FEMA Program (aired April 5, 2021)


Thanks to the International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association (ICCFA) coordinating a Zoom video conference with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Arlington personnel had the opportunity to glean some basic information about the Covid-19 Funeral Assistance program.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Congress authorized FEMA to provide financial assistance to individuals who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses after January 20, 2020. On March 24, FEMA has issued its final policy including eligibility and documentation criteria and the application process for how funds will be distributed to families. Importantly, FEMA shared that the maximum financial assistance will now be $9,000 per funeral.  Families will be able to begin applying for assistance in April, 2021.

At this early date, we are in the detail-gathering phase but will work to comprehensively understand how the program works so that we will be able to help Arlington families served by the cemetery and/or funeral home.  What is known at this point is that FEMA will be rolling out the mechanics and details “sometime in early April.”  If you would care to read more about this program, we suggest following this link, COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov.

Our goal is to continue providing information as we learn more to make the application process as easy as possible for those who believe they qualify.  We will continue to post updates on this site and on our Facebook page as they become available.

FRAUD ALERT – PLEASE NOTE:  Per FEMA, they have received reports of scammers reaching out to people offering to register them for funeral assistance. FEMA has not sent any such notifications and will not contact people prior to them registering for assistance.  

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