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Funeral Service Foundation: COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund

Funeral Service Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Family Services Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, United States

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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NOTE: The Foundation is not currently granting from the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund. 

About the Fund

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.

Funding Priorities

Emergency Assistance

  • 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 Support

  • 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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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.


  • 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.


This page was last reviewed July 30, 2020 and last updated July 30, 2020