The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses for a death attributed to COVID-19 after January 20, 2020. They do not need to be the next-of-kin or executor but their name needs to be on the funeral home contract, bill or receipted statement (receipt). A minor child (a child under the age of 18 years old) cannot apply on behalf of a non-U.S. citizen. However, if the minor directly incurred the expense of the funeral themself and there is sufficient proof, FEMA will consider their application
The death must have taken place in the United States, territories or District of Columbia. The cause of death must be related to COVID-19. The deceased individual (decedent) did not have to be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national nor qualified alien
If multiple people contributed to the funeral, they must apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. If more than two people incurred expenses for the same funeral, FEMA will consider receipts from individuals other than the applicant or co-applicant as long as the documentation is submitted with the same application. It is important to note that only the applicant needs to be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien; the co-applicant and other individuals submitting receipts do not have to be U.S. citizens.
FEMA can accept one application per decedent and will only issue one lump sum payment. They will send the payment to the applicant- they will not divide it up among co-applicants or other individuals who submitted documentation for the application. If you are planning a memorial service at a later date, we recommend waiting until all services are complete before starting an application.
Funeral Homes cannot submit applications on their client’s behalf. However, we are here to help with any questions you may have or documentation you may need.