Register of Deeds

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program
 Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Congress authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide financial assistance to individuals who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses after January 20, 2020. FEMA began accepting applications April 12, 2021.

This program can pay for things like the service, internment, cremation, a casket or urn, burial plot, marker or headstone, etc. for up to $9,000 per funeral. More information is available on FEMA's website(link is external).

To be eligible for assistance:

  • The death must have happened in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must say that the death was related to or caused by COVID-19.
  • The person applying for assistance must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who was responsible for 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.

Call the toll-free number to complete an application with help from a FEMA representative. Multiple languages are available when you call. Online applications will not be accepted.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number

844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time

Families are encouraged to have all the necessary documentation before calling FEMA. Applicants will need:

  • Certified copy of the death certificate that says the death was caused by or related to COVID-19: You can obtain a certified death certificate from your local county Register of Deeds office(link is external), even if the death occurred in a different county. The first certified death certificate costs $20, and it's $3 for each additional certified death certificate. The cost of the certificate is reimbursable through the FEMA funeral assistance program as part of their application.
  • Funeral expense documents: You will need itemized receipts, a funeral home contract, etc. that include the applicant's name, the deceased person's name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the expenses happened.
  • Proof of assistance received from any other source: Other sources include assistance from Wisconsin Funeral and Cemetery Aids Program or military service-related reimbursements.

For more information on who can apply, examples of covered expenses, and other information on the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program, visit the FEMA Funeral Assistance FAQ page(link is external).

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