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FEMA accepting applications for funeral assistance starting Monday

Covid funerals

(WREX) — If you lost a loved one in 2020 due to the coronavirus, you may be eligible to receive up to $9,000 for funeral costs from FEMA.

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FEMA will start accepting applications Monday, April 12, funding up to $9,000 for funeral expenses for anyone whose death was attributed to COVID-19.

If multiple people paid for funeral expenses, they should also apply under a single application as an applicant or co-applicant. Funeral assistance will only be given to someone on a single application.

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"I just know that those families who suffered an unexpected loss because of COVID are going to really appreciate this. It's going to go a long way to help them take care of some their needs that they have been having at home," Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Owner Scott Olson told 13 WREX last month.

If you plan on applying for reimbursement, here's what types of information you should include:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

FEMA received $2 Billion dollars from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplement Appropriations Act of 2021.

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