Where can I find information about financial assistance for funeral costs under the American Rescue Plan Act?

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), H.R. 1319, was enacted into law. The full text of ARPA as enacted is available on Congress.gov (please note that it is a long bill and can take a few minutes to fully load in some browsers). The Law Library of Congress has prepared a series of resource-driven FAQs to assist researchers with questions about ARPA. All FAQs in this series share the topic “ARPA FAQS.”

These FAQs are for reference and informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. They are not statements on behalf of the United States Congress and do not represent the official opinion of the United States Government. To understand how ARPA may affect an individual, household, business, or other body, researchers must review the act itself.

 

ARPA allocates funding to assist individuals and households with funeral expenses due to COVID-19. This program is run by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and is designed to subsidize funeral expenses that were incurred between January 20, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Information about financial assistance for funeral costs can be found in section 4006 of the act.

FEMA is currently working with community stakeholders to implement this program. We recommend checking with the below resources for updates as more information becomes available.

Additional resources may be added to this FAQ when/if sites are updated to reflect ARPA.

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