FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA Offers COVID-19 Funeral Assistance


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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.


Fraud Alert! We have received reports of scammers reaching out to people offering to register them for funeral assistance. FEMA has not sent any such notifications and we do not contact people before they register for assistance. Learn More

How to Apply

Applications begin on April 12, 2021 — COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number: 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585 *

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 9 PM. Eastern Time

Call the dedicated toll-free phone number to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA’s representatives. Multilingual services will be available.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the application process on our Funeral Assistance FAQ page.


Who is Eligible

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.

If you had COVID-19 funeral expenses, we encourage you to keep and gather documentation. Types of information should include:

  • An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • Funeral expenses documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses happened.
  • Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. We are not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.

How Funds are Received

If you are eligible for funeral assistance you will receive a check by mail, or funds by direct deposit, depending on which option you choose when you apply for assistance.

DOOR CO RENTAL ASSISTANCE FUND

DOOR CO RENTAL ASSISTANCE FUND

Door County Rental Assistance Program

To help keep struggling Door County residents from being evicted from their homes, the Door County Emergency Response Fund has partnered with Lakeshore CAP to offer an expanded Rental Assistance Program during the global pandemic and resulting recession.

You might be eligible for assistance if ALL the following criteria apply to you:

  • Lease an apartment, duplex, or single-family home in Door County as your sole residence
  • Experienced a substantial reduction in your income due to the COVID-19 health crisis and resulting economic recession
  • Virtually exhausted your savings and are now unable to meet your financial obligations

You will be asked to provide documentation to Lakeshore CAP, including proof of change in income, bank statements, and your lease. Lakeshore CAP will keep that information highly confidential. Your name will not be disclosed to any third party, nor to United Way or the Community Foundation. If you are approved for rental assistance, the check will be made payable directly to your landlord.

Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to meet all your financial needs. However, our hope is that we can help make things just a little bit easier for you during this crisis.The resources in the Door County Emergency Response Fund are limited and so we anticipate that the income and savings criteria used to determine eligibility will evolve as we have a better count of how many people will need help. Remember, the Emergency Response Fund does NOT receive any money from government. It is entirely funded by the generosity of your friends and neighbors of Door County.


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To apply, download and print out this application:  Door Co Rental Assistance Application 

If you are unable to print the application, you can pick one up at Lakeshore CAP at 131 S 3rd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7:30AM. and 4:00PM.

If you are unable to visit Lakeshore CAP in Sturgeon Bay, you may request that an application be mailed to you. Call (920) 682-3737 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and mailing address. An application will be mailed to you shortly thereafter.

If you have questions, or need help filling out the application, please call Lakeshore CAP at (920) 682-3737 and leave a message. A case manager from Lakeshore CAP will call you back to walk you through the application process.


To donate to this important relief effort, join us by making an online gift today or mail your contribution to:

Door County Emergency Response Fund
Door County Community Foundation
222 N 3rd Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, WI  54235

We will get through this if we hold together as a community!