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RICHMOND – Beginning on April 12, 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin accepting financial assistance applications for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The applications will be submitted through a dedicated call center.
Hours of Operation, Beginning April 12: Monday-Friday (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time)
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number: 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
“We appreciate the partnership with FEMA as the Commonwealth of Virginia continues to assist its residents that have been financially impacted by the pandemic,” said Virginia Department of Emergency Management State Coordinator Curtis Brown. “These Funeral Assistance funds will help ease some of the financial burden incurred from a tragic COVID-19 death.”
To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the policy states:
The applicant responsible for COVID-19 funeral expenses will need to provide the following information below when they call FEMA to register for assistance.
Individuals with COVID-19 funeral expenses are encouraged to keep and gather documentation. Types of information should include:
Inquiries directly related to obtaining a copy of a death certificate in Virginia or questions about how to request an amendment to a death certificate can call 877-829-4682.
For more information about this assistance, visit COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov.