(WFRV) – In April, the Federal Emergency Management Agency started accepting applications for a funeral assistance program that will reimburse funeral expenses for those who have lost family members to COVID-19 between January 2020 and December 2020.
Two billion dollars was provided to FEMA through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Act of 2021 and recently, FEMA has released information on how many funerals they have approved and awarded money toward.
As of Monday, May 10 – Michiganders have submitted 5,570 applications. FEMA has approved $105,861 for funeral assistance and have awarded 16 applicants with funeral assistance.
Wisconsin residents have submitted 2,902 applications, FEMA has approved $124,811 for funeral assistance and have awarded 17 applicants for funeral assistance.
All together FEMA has received nearly 174,000 applications, approved more than 2,200 of those applications and distributed more than $15.5 million throughout all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
According to FEMA, assistance is limited to a maximum of $9,000 per funeral. New York, Ohio and Texas are currently the top 3 states to have the most assistance approved.
For those who qualify, can fill out an application by calling FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number at 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585). No online applications are being accepted.
According to FEMA’s website, expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation typically include, but are not limited to:
- Transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individual
- Transfer of remains
- Casket or urn
- Burial plot or cremation niche
- Marker or headstone
- Clergy or officiant services
- Arrangement of the funeral ceremony
- Use of funeral home equipment or staff
- Cremation or interment costs
- Costs associated with producing and certifying multiple death certificates
- Additional expenses mandated by any applicable local or state government laws or ordinances
Depending on which option you chose when applying, funds will be directly deposited or a check will be sent through the mail.