FEMA Policy - Funeral Cost Assistance for COVID-19-related Deaths

FEMA has released the policy regarding funeral assistance for COVID-19 deaths. The agency will set up a toll-free number to take registrations, which according to FEMA’s communication, will open in April. 

  • Assistance is intended to help with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation for a COVID-19 death.
  • COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
  • Assistance maximum will be $9,000 per funeral and maximum of $35,500 per application (for multiple deaths in a household).  

Documentation required will be an official death certificate, receipts documenting funeral expenses, and documentation indicating if any expenses were covered by other types of assistance. Please see details in the policy. Additional information including the registration call-in number will be shared as soon as FEMA makes those available. For questions please contact Emily Bentley, Chief of Recovery and Mitigation, SCEMD via ebentley@emd.sc.gov or 803.737.8774.