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On April 12, 2021 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began accepting applications for its Funeral Assistance Program. The funding for this program was included in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations act of 2021, and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
The FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program allows for funeral assistance for any COVID-19 related death after January 20, 2020. The program will assist with expenses up to $9,000 per funeral, up to a maximum of $35,000 if applicants are applying for assistance related to more than one death.
Here are some key points about the program:
Resource: We've created a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance webpage with more information about the program, links to FEMA guidance, fact sheets in multiple languages, and information about obtaining or amending a death certificate in Massachusetts. We are sharing this information and asking our partners to do the same to help get the information to residents across the Commonwealth who may benefit from it.
As with other disaster assistance programs for individuals, FEMA is not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources. This is a program will be completely managed at the Federal level by FEMA, however the required documentation of a death certificate may involve government and other key stakeholders as the state and local level.
Ron O'Connor, MPHDirector, Office of Local and Regional HealthMassachusetts Department of Public HealthEmail Ron O'Connor
Lisa McCarthy-Licorish, MPHSenior Coordinator, Local Health CommunicationsOffice of Local and Regional HealthMassachusetts Department of Public HealthEmail Lisa McCarthy-Licorish
If you are not already authorized to officiate wedding ceremonies, you may apply for a one-day solemnization license. The Town of Danvers does not process these requests, please contact the State of Massachusetts.
Both parties need to come to the Town Clerk's office during normal business hours.
You first need to confirm your record is on file in Danvers. A death certificate is held in both the city/town of death and the city/town of last residence. If you have any question, please contact the Clerk's Office via email of the Town Clerk or call 978-777-0001, ext. 3053 or ext. 3051 to verify.
Any refund for incorrect orders can take up to 30 days.
You may obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate by ordering online through UniPay, by visiting the Office of the Town Clerk during normal business hours or by mailing your request along with the $10 fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Town Clerk, Danvers Town Hall, 1 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923.
You first need to confirm your record is on file in Danvers. Birth records are held in the city / town of birth and the city / town the parents lived at the time of birth. If you have any question, please contact the Clerk's Office via email of the Town Clerk or call 978-777-0001, ext. 3053, or ext. 3051 to verify.
You first need to confirm your record is on file in Danvers. Marriage records are only held in the city/town you applied for your license when you got married not the city/town you got married in. If you have any question, please contact the Clerk's Office via email of the Town Clerk or call 978-777-0001, ext. 3053 or ext. 3051 to verify.