The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recently announced that they will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20th, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized March 24th, 2021, and FEMA is moving forward to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide. These services will soon be available to Idaho citizens.

To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020 for a death attributed to COVID-19. The assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral. More information about eligibility, applications, and other applicable policies can be found at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/-economic/funeral-assistance.

In the coming weeks, a dedicated 800 number will be established to assist interested applicants. In the meantime, potential applicants are encouraged to start gathering the following documentation: an official death certificate, funeral expense documents, and/or proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs.  If you have any questions, the FEMA Office of External Affairs is standing by to assist you at www.fema.gov.

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