PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses starting today.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will start reimbursing people for funeral costs that occurred on or after January 20, 2020 up to $9,000 per funeral. There are cases where the virus swept through families, and people who apply for assistance for multiple deaths could receive up to $35,500, officials said.

FEMA will begin accepting applications for Funeral Assistance on Monday, April 12 through their dedicated call center. Call 844-684-6333 or TTY: 800-462-7585 to get an application completed with help from FEMA’s representatives Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Central Time.

Once an applicant has applied for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance and is provided an application number, they may provide supporting documentation to FEMA a few ways:

Those eligible to apply should start compiling records such as an official death certificate that shows the death occurred in the United State and attributes it to COVID-19, as well as receipts or contracts that document funeral expenses, FEMA officials said. The agency also asked applicants to start gathering any documents that show whether they received help for funeral costs from other agencies or sources. 

Multiple people who may have helped pay for one funeral can plan to submit one application, and those who receive the assistance will get it in the form of a check or by direct deposit. 


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