COVID Funeral and Burial Assistance

On August 21, 2020, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved a total of $3 million of COVID-19 relief funds to assist individuals and families who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and have recently lost a loved one. The County understands the extreme burden COVID-19 placed on families causing many financial issues. The County aims to provide financial assistance to decrease the financial strain caused by the recent loss of a loved one.

The Maricopa County Human Services Department is partnering with the Valley of the Sun United Way to administer this program in response to COVID-19. Additional funds have been provided by the American Rescue Plan Act enabling this program to continue serving people in need of funeral and burial assistance.

Eligible applicants can receive up to $1,200 to cover funeral and burial services at a participating licensed funeral home. To apply, please follow the step-by-step instructions below. 

How to Apply

Step 1Check Eligibility 

To qualify for assistance, families must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  • Reside in Maricopa County;  
  • Recently lost a loved one; 
  • Need financial assistance to help with the costs of burial, cremation, or other alternative burial services including logistics and paperwork, transportation, licenses and fees, and death certificates; and  
  • Live at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level and demonstrate financial hardship due to COVID-19 OR demonstrate eligibility/enrollment in a local, state, or federal social safety net program.

300% of the Federal Poverty Level

Household Size
Total Household Income
Add $13,440 for each additional person

To learn more about program eligibility requirements, please click here.

Step 2 Gather Required Documentation 

To help establish eligibility, you will be asked by Valley of the Sun United Way to provide one of the following: 

1. Documentation demonstrating the applicant has qualified for a local, state, or federal social safety net program, such as: 

  • Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS); 
  • Arizona Department of Economic Security (AZDES) services; 
  • Social Security Disability Income (SSI) program; or 
  • Any local, state, or federal social safety net programs as a result of COVID-19 (e.g., WIC, SNAP, etc.).

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2. Proof that the applicant's household lives at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level in addition to documentation demonstrating financial hardship due to COVID-19, such as:  

  • Paystubs prior to March 30, 2020 and current paystubs to show financial loss due to COVID-19; 
  • Terminated employment;
  • Furloughed employment; 
  • Reduced work hours by the applicant's employer;
  • Business closure; 
  • Reduced work hours by the applicant to care for dependent children or a disabled/incapacitated 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; or 
  • Loss of income due to a rescinded job offer as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Step 3 Apply for Assistance

To apply for assistance, please click on the button below. It will take you to the Valley of the Sun United Way's online application.