Escambia Residents Can Apply For COVID-19 Death Funeral Assistance

October 13, 2021

Escambia County residents who require funeral assistance due to COVID-19 can apply for FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program. There is currently no deadline to apply.

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

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses on or after Jan. 20, 2020.
  • For deaths that occurred after May 16, 2020, the death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • For deaths that occurred from Jan. 20 to May 16, 2020, any death certificate that does not attribute the cause of death to COVID-19 must be accompanied by a signed statement listing COVID-19 as a cause or contributing cause of death.
    • The signed statement must be provided by the original certifier of the death certificate or the local medical examiner or coroner from the jurisdiction in which the death occurred.
    • The statement must provide an additional explanation, or causal pathway, linking the cause of death listed on the death certificate to COVID-19.
    • If the death certificate was issued May 17, 2020 or later, the death certificate must attribute the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19.
  • FEMA encourages you to keep the official death certificate that shows the death occurred in the United States, including District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.

To apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, call the helpline at 844-684-6333. The helpline is available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Central time. Online applications are not accepted.


3 Responses to “Escambia Residents Can Apply For COVID-19 Death Funeral Assistance”

  1. Bewildered on October 18th, 2021 6:48 am

    How long has this program existed? Looks like any other government handout- (Medicare supplements a perfect example) unless you know how to weasel yourself through all the loopholes to take advantage of these things you are out of luck ,

  2. Jacqueline on October 13th, 2021 9:09 pm

    To Northend Resident, Once you applied, how long did it take for them to approve it?

  3. northend resident on October 13th, 2021 8:58 am

    This is a excellent and very helpful program for such a sad circumstance in our lives. Unfortunately I’ve had to take advantage of it myself, and everyone was very helpful, friendly and empathetic to my situation. Please take advantage of it while it’s available and share this program with others who could use the financial helping hand. God bless!

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