Did You Lose A Loved One To COVID?

Did You Lose A Loved One To COVID? vAnd did you struggle to pay funeral costs?

Eligible people will soon be able to apply for reimbursement of funeral costs.  

Additionally, the CARES Act made houses of worship and religious organizations eligible for SBA’s assistance to nonprofits, both through PPP and EIDL.

The SBA rules that do not impose unique burdens on faith-based organization, including waiving SBA’s affiliation rules and giving clarity that assistance may be used to pay the salaries of ministers and other staff integral to the religious mission of the institution. 

The  SBA has clarified that houses of worship are not required to apply to the IRS for 501(c)(3) status as long as they meet the requirements of being a 501(c)(3). 

To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred 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.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number

Applications begin on April 12, 2021
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585

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

For more information about this assistance, visit  COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov.