WASHINGTON — FEMA has provided over $2.3 billion to more than 351,000 people to assist with COVID-19-related funeral costs for deaths occurring on or after Jan. 20, 2020. This assistance helped pay for the funerals of more than 369,000 people who died from COVID-19.
FEMA’s COVID-19 funeral assistance reached its one-year anniversary recently and has some notable achievements. The funeral assistance webpage, COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov, has had over 8.2 million views and has been translated into 13 languages. Informational graphics were translated into 29 languages. Thousands of letters, personal calls and auto-caller communications have been made to assist applicants. The average award is approximately $6,500, and the eligibility rate is nearly 97%.
Eligibility determinations are based on when the applicant submits all required documentation. The determinations are not driven by state/locations.
“Applications” in the chart below reflect the number of individuals who called to begin the assistance process.
Please find state-specific information below:
|State / Territory||Applications||Amount Approved||Number of Awards|
|American Samoa||17||$33,801.77||Less than 10|
|District Of Columbia||756||$3,372,868.41||501|
|Northern Mariana Islands||31||$59,378.99||10|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||77||$319,671.06||51|
* Funeral assistance data can/will change daily; the information reflects data as of 8 a.m. EDT Monday, May 2, 2022.
Applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available. Please note, phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number. Applicants who use a relay service, such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, should provide FEMA with the specific number assigned to them for that service so that agency representatives are able to contact them.