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Ruppersberger: Help with Funeral Costs Available to Marylanders Who Have Lost Loved Ones to COVID-19

Apr 19, 2021
Press Release
FEMA currently accepting applications for new American Rescue Plan program

(Timonium, MD) – The federal government is currently accepting applications for a new program to help Marylanders who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 cover funeral expenses, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger announced today. The FEMA-run program was included in the American Rescue Plan, which passed Congress last month with Congressman Ruppersberger’s support.

Marylanders who have incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020, for an individual whose death may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19 can apply for up to $9,000 of assistance per funeral. Individuals may apply for assistance for multiple funerals. 

“From stimulus checks to extended unemployment benefits, the American Rescue Plan has already been a lifeline for millions of Americans,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Now, help is on the way for Marylanders who have lost a loved one during this historic health crisis and may be struggling with funeral expenses. While no amount of money can heal the loss of a family member, I hope this new grant money can help ease the unexpected financial burden many Maryland families are now facing.”

Marylanders can apply by calling FEMA’s dedicated call center at 844-684-6333; TTY 800-462-7585, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. There is no online application process.

Marylanders can learn more from FEMA HERE.