VA Outer Burial Receptacle Allowance Program


Monetary allowance for an outer burial receptacle for any interment in a VA national cemetery where a privately-purchased Outer Burial Receptacle (OBR) has been used in lieu of a Government-furnished graveliner.

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 VA processed 1169 OBR allowances in FY 22.
38 U.S.C. 2306(e)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Not applicable.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Not Applicable.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
If an eligible decedent’s remains are presented at a VA national cemetery for casketed burial and an NCA official confirms the use of a privately-purchased OBR, VA will process payment to the decedent’s next of kin or personal representative who privately purchased the OBR.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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
Not Applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Steve Ecker
4850 Lemay Ferry Road,
Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63129 USA
Phone: 314-416-6336
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 22$436,619.00; FY 23 est $450,000.00; FY 24 est $450,000.00; FY 19$490,000.00; FY 20 est $490,000.00; FY 21 est $490,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The maximum monetary allowance payable for a privately purchased outer burial receptacle is updated annually and published in a Federal Register notice. The maximum allowance payable for qualifying interments occurring during calendar year (CY) 2023 is $400.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
38 CFR 38. 629, Outer Burial Receptacle Allowance.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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