Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund

The Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund was established in 2007 by the City of St. Louis Circuit Court. The case settlement was split between three community foundations in the state, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Greater St. Louis Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Each community foundation serves a geographical area of the state; the CFO’s is 58 counties south of the Missouri river.

The CFO reimburses county or city governments to help cover the cost of indigent burials. The current reimbursement rate is $400. The definition of indigent is that there is no one to cover the cost of the body and the remains will not be released to the family. We do not reimburse to assist funeral homes or families in making up an discrepancy or difference of cost.

The attached form, a copy of the death certificate and an invoice from the funeral home must be sent to the CFO, Attn: Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund, PO Box 8960, Springfield, MO 65801 in order to be considered. Please contact Zach Clapper at (417) 864-6199 with questions.

Click here to download the Indigent Burial and Funeral Fund recommendation form (PDF)