You can receive up to $1,200 to help with burial or cremation services.

Maricopa County Funeral Assistance provides help for grieving Maricopa County families who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and have recently lost a loved one. Through the program, you can qualify for up to $1,200 to be applied to burial or cremation services at a participating licensed funeral home. The program helps cover the costs of burial or cremation services during these difficult times. The Maricopa Funeral Assistance Program does not provide reimbursement for funeral expenses already paid.

You will be asked to provide one of the following:

Documentation demonstrating the applicant has qualified for the Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) or any of the Arizona Department of Economic Security (AZDES) services, or Social Security Disability income (SSI) or enrollment/eligibility for any local, state, or federal social safety net program as a result of COVID-19.

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Proof that applicant’s household falls below 300% of the United States Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2021, as calculated using the tool below and by sharing documentation of financial hardship, such as:

  • Current paystubs to show financial loss due to COVID-19
  • Terminated Employment
  • Furloughed Employee
  • Reduce Work Hours by the Applicant's Employer
  • Business Closure
  • Reduced Work Hours by the Applicant to care for dependent children or disabled/vulnerable adult household member who is unable to care for themselves
  • Reduced Work Hours by the Applicant due to COVID-19 illness (self or household member) requiring Applicant to self-quarantine, as ordered by a Healthcare Professional
  • Loss of Income due to a rescinded job offer due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

1 $38,640
2 $52,260
3 $65,880
4 $79,500
5 $93,120
6 $106,740
7 $120,360
8 $133,980
(For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $13,440 for each additional person)

In addition, you will be asked to provide one or more of the following for proof of Maricopa county residency:

Copy of a Driver’s License or utility bill or Voter ID card demonstrating that you or the deceased resided in Maricopa County at the time of the decedent’s death.

What to provide from your funeral home:

Statement of Services, Contract, or other equivalent documentation from a licensed Mortuary and Funeral Home in Maricopa County documenting final disposition type and supporting services/supplies to include but not limited to: transportation (in county), urn, casket, final disposition, death certificate, and/or associated service fees. (Note: Valley of the Sun United Way can provide a list of participating Funeral Homes upon request by calling (602) 240-6384.

For more information and frequently asked questions, please see About the Program.

Still have questions or need assistance?

Contact Valley of the Sun United Way at (602) 240-6384.

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Expense Assistance

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. The Maricopa County Funeral Assistance Program is not part of the FEMA Funeral Assistance program.

For more information or to see if you quality for FEMA assistance please visit the FEMA links below or call the dedicated toll-free phone number to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA's representatives. Multilingual services will be available.

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time