COVID-19 continues to be an ever-evolving situation. As cases grow throughout the country, funeral service is responding to the pandemic with open arms while facing risks to the personal health and safety of its professional corps.
This fund is designed to be flexible and will provide grants for immediate needs including funeral service emergency response to significant loss of life, to organizations and resources providing service to families with unresolved and complicated grief due to loss during this crisis, and for other important needs of the funeral service profession and the families we serve.
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The Fund will consider proposals from US 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and Canadian registered charities. Non-exempt organizations, such as US or Canadian funeral homes or funeral service-related businesses, can apply for funding when working in conjunction with an exempt organization which agrees to serve as the fiscal agent for the grant, such as a state association. Exceptions to the fiscal agent rule may apply based on the emergency nature of the grant. Please note: The costs associated with burials, memorialization, cremations, etc. are not eligible for funding.
Review cycle and decisions:
Requests will be reviewed weekly. Grant decisions will be made by a Fund Advisory Committee.
Grant requests under $25,000 will be considered for funding.
PPE Supplies –ensuring that funeral homes can secure and purchase the supplies needed to handle mass fatalities while safeguarding the health of their staff
Travel –reimbursement for emergency volunteer travel to help overloaded funeral directors in “hot spot” regions including mileage or airfare, and lodging and meal reimbursement up to the city-specific federal per diem rate
Grief Resources– Creation and distribution of expertly resourced grief guides and other support mechanisms for families coping with the delayed and complicated grief that may arise from a loss during the pandemic
Mental Health – Increased access to mental health support services and resources for funeral professionals during these extraordinary times
NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING
Short- and long-term operating expenses; capital expenses; annual appeals; costs associated with individual burials, memorialization, cremations, etc.; endowment funds; fundraising events; existing obligations including loans or debt retirement; medical, scientific or academic research; projects aimed at promotion of a particular religion; construction projects; political campaigns; advocacy or direct lobbying efforts; services commonly regarded as the responsibility of government agencies such as fire and police protection or D-MORT activation; travel for bands, sports teams and similar groups
APPLY FOR FUNDING
Funeral Service Professionals and Related Businesses