Did you know that FEMA has shared new resources to help funeral directors educate the families they serve about funeral assistance available to individuals who incurred funeral expenses for a loved one who died due to COVID-19?
FEMA estimates that less than half of eligible individuals have applied for assistance and asks for your help to spread the word to families you’ve served and your community.
What is FEMA Funeral Assistance?
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Congress authorized FEMA to provide financial assistance to individuals who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses after January 20, 2020. Families are eligible to be reimbursed up to $9,000 per funeral. FEMA has not yet set a deadline for applying for funeral assistance.
You can find helpful information about eligibility requirements and how families can apply in the NFDA COVID-19 Information Hub, www.nfda.org/COVID19.
To assist help all funeral directors spread the word to families you have served and your community, FEMA created special resources, which can be found in our COVID-19 Information Hub, www.nfda.org/COVID19:
- Flyers explaining eligibility requirements and types of services funded, and most importantly, how someone can apply for assistance. Click here to download the flyers.
- Social media images and posts. These materials are available in multiple languages. Click here to download the social media tools.
The NFDA COVID Information Hub, www.nfda.org/COVID19, has additional resources that may be useful to you and your community including:
- An exclusive NFDA-member toolkit to help you educate families and your community
- Links to the FEMA Funeral Assistance website
- And more
We urge you to do all you can to encourage eligible families in your community to apply.