Utahns who have lost loved ones to the COVID-19 pandemic have received more than $5.4 million from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to help pay for funerals and related expenses. Figure release recently show that 775 Utah families have received help.

FEMA said that applications were still being accepted for funeral expense help through the agency’s website. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien to apply. However, there is no eligibility requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien.

The assistance includes reimbursement for, but is not limited to cremation, burial expenses, transfer of remains, markers or headstones, transportation for up to two individuals to identify the deceased individual and other costs. Up to $9,000 per funeral is available for eligible expenses, with a maximum of $35,500 per application. There is currently no end date for the program.

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