Update: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly difficult for families, especially those who lost a loved one to the virus. This unexpected and sometimes sudden loss places not only an emotional toll but a financial one on family members. Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program, family members can apply for financial assistance to cover the cost of losing a loved one to COVID-19.  

Since its launch in April 2021, nearly 2,500 FEMA employees continue to manually review applications and work with each applicant. 

The program has provided more than $278 million to over 41,000 people across the country for COVID-19-related funeral cost reimbursements, holding a national award average of $6,756. 

In California, more than 23,758 registrations have been submitted across 50 counties. As of June 15, 2021:

  • 3,996applicants were eligible;
  • $26,697,842.81has been approved;
  • $24,955,329.12has been disbursed; and
  • 19,674funeral assistance applications are in process.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is encouraging Californians to apply for this federal financial help. At this time, there is no deadline, so all are encouraged to submit their documentation. Californians can begin the application process by calling FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline at 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585. The helpline is available Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST.  

Find a checklist of documentation needed before your call by clicking here.