Underwood Announces FEMA Funeral Assistance Now Available to Illinoisans Who Have Lost Loved Ones Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 14, 2021
Press Release
Underwood Helped Secure Additional Funding for FEMA through the American Rescue Plan

West Chicago—Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced new financial assistance available to Illinoisans through the American Rescue Plan. As of April 12, 2021, FEMA is accepting applications to help pay for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, for deaths related to COVID-19 to help Illinois families who have been financially burdened during the pandemic. In December 2020, Underwood supported the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act that provided $2 billion in federal resources for funeral assistance through FEMA. Underwood championed additional resources in the American Rescue Plan to support this critical program.  This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application. 


“Across northern Illinois, many of our neighbors have lost family members, friends, and loved ones due to COVID-19. To support Illinois families, I championed resources in the American Rescue Plan that are now available to help ease the financial burden of funeral expenses. If you are eligible to receive assistance through FEMA, I encourage you to apply today,” said Rep. Underwood.  


Illinoisans can visit https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance to learn how to apply.  


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 or qualified noncitizens who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen or qualified noncitizen.

Additional information on the program, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, can be found here