Federal funeral cost assistance for Delaware families of Covid victims totals nearly $4.8 million

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency reported that 757 grieving Delaware families whose loved ones died from Covid-19 received help with funeral costs.

Eligibility determinations are based on when the applicant submits all required documentation.

A total of 1,077 applications were submitted from Delawareans. A total of 2,286 Covid-related deaths have been recorded in Delaware.

Applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available. Applications cannot be submitted online.

While payments can be processed as a reimbursement, applicants are not required to pay for funeral expenses before receiving assistance.

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Applicants must provide FEMA with a signed funeral home contract, invoice or similar legal documentation that shows the individual incurred Covid-related funeral expenses on or after Jan. 20, 2020.

Some funeral homes will provide assistance in submitting applications.

Overall FEMA provided more than $1.6 billion to more than 247,000 people.

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