Burial Assistance Program
Description:

Delaware Nation provides burial assistance for enrolled tribal citizens or those minors eligible to be enrolled (and not enrolled in any other tribe) up to $10,000. Eligibility must be determined by the enrollment department. Payment will be made directly to the funeral home selected. Assistance is for burial expenses and/or marker or monument.

BURIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE:

1. PREPAID BURIAL ASSISTANCE: A tribal citizen (age 60 or over) or diagnosed with a terminal illness, may obtain assistance to purchase an irrevocable contract burial plan with a funeral home of their choice.

Required Documents:

  • Copy of irrevocable contract with funeral home for cost of service
  • Death Certificate (Family must request one for the tribe when the tribal citizen is deceased.)
  • If applicable, a letter from the tribal citizen’s medical doctor stating the terminal diagnosis

Application may be submitted at any time by the tribal citizen.

2. BURIAL ASSISTANCE: A tribal citizen’s next of kin may obtain assistance with funeral arrangements at a funeral home of their choice.

Required Documents:

  • Invoice stating funeral home’s cost for service
  • Death Certificate (Family must request one for the tribe when making funeral arrangements)

Please submit application 90 days from the date of funeral service.

FAMILY DINNER:

  • Family Dinner allocation of $500 will be available to the family for food. The next of kin designated on the application will receive the check for this service.
Deadlines: Application for burial assistance must be received by tribal office within ninety (90) days of the citizen’s death. (Please submit this application as soon as possible.)
Requirements:
  • See description of service requested.
Service Areas: Nationwide
Funded By: RAP Funds