By Faye Gaston
Alonza Ellis, Jr., Chairman of the Bullock County Commission, announced that FEMA will help pay funeral costs for COVID-19-related deaths.
In early April 2021, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020, for deaths related to COVID-19 to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic.
FEMA finalized the policy on March 24, 2021.
FEMA'S funeral assistance will help with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.
The assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,000 per single application for multiple deceased individuals.
If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they would apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant and others. The following documentation will be needed when applying: receipts, funeral home contract, etc., the applicant's name, the deceased individual's name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
An official death certificate is required that attributes the death to COVID-19.
The death certificate must indicate the death "may have been caused by" or "was likely the result of" COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms.
Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are considered sufficient proof.
The death certificate must show that the death incurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
FEMA funeral assistance may not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurances, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, federal/state/local/tribal/territorial government programs or agencies, or other sources.
Commission Chairman Alonza Ellis, Jr. provides these contacts for any questions: Congressional Affairs at (202) 646-4500 or at FEMA-Congressional-Affairs@fema.dhs.gov---Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov---Tribal Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-Tribal@fema.dhs.gov---Private Sector Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org.