VA Casket or Urn Allowance Program


To provide a monetary allowance for the purchase of a casket or urn used to inter Veteran remains in VA national or VA-grant -funded cemeteries when there is no next of kin or sufficient resources for a casket or urn.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Directory/National Cemetery Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2022 For FY22, there were 323 casket reimbursements totaling and 10 urn reimbursements.
38 U.S.C. 2306 (f)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Prior to approving payment of the monetary allowance VA must find all of the following: (1) The veteran is eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery; (2) The individual or entity has certified that they cannot identify the veteran's next-of-kin, or that an identified next-of-kin is unwilling or unable to assume responsibility for the deceased veteran's burial arrangements, and that the individual or entity has followed applicable state or local law relating to the disposition of unclaimed remains; (3) The individual or entity has certified that, to the best of their knowledge, sufficient resources are otherwise unavailable to furnish the casket or urn; (4) The invoice presented by the individual or entity clearly indicates the purchase price of the casket or urn purchased by the individual or entity; and (5) The invoice presented by the individual or entity contains information sufficient for VA to determine, in conjunction with a visual inspection, that the casket or urn meets the following standards: (i) Caskets must be of metal construction of at least 20-gauge thickness, designed for containing human remains, sufficient to contain the remains of the deceased veteran, include a gasketed seal, and include external fixed rails or swing arm handles. (ii) Urns must be of a durable construction, such as durable plastic, wood, metal, or ceramic, designed to contain cremated human remains, and include a secure closure to contain the cremated remains.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiary eligibility is the same as applicant eligibility.
An individual or entity may request payment of the monetary allowance from VA by completing and submitting VA Form 40-10088 Request for Casket/Urn Allowance along with the invoice from the manufacturer or distributor from which the entity requesting the allowance purchased the casket or urn.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Not Applicable.
Award Procedure
Not Applicable.
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Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Applicants may submit a supplemental claim by submitting new and relevant evidence. Applicants may request a higher level review if they believe the application was incorrectly decided. Applicants may appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Not Applicable.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The amount of the allowance for a casket or an urn is set in regulation as $1,199.00 for a metal casket and $138.00 for an urn of durable material. Any changes to the amount will be published in a Federal Register notice. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
NCSO Eligibility Office
4850 Lemay Ferry Road
Saint Louis, MO 63129 USA
Phone: 800-535-1117 Option 3
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 22$492,000.00; FY 23 est $500,000.00; FY 24 est $500,000.00; FY 21$458,000.00; FY 19$353,000.00; FY 20 est $469,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The allowance for a casket or an urn is updated annually and published in a Federal Register notice. The allowance rates payable for qualifying interments occurring during calendar year (CY) 2023 are $1,199 for caskets and $138 for urns.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
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