If you are a Sudbury resident in need of emergency help to pay rent and other essential bills, HOPEsudbury can help.  We have emergency grants up to $600 for an individual or $1,200 for a family (2 or more people) available to eligible residents.  One grant per address per year is available, with a maximum of 5 grants.

To apply for a HOPE Fund grant, you can complete the application online or contact the Sudbury Social Work office at (978) 440-5476 or socialworker@sudbury.ma.us.  If you need a paper application mailed to you, please email info@hopesudbury.org.  The social work office will review your request and completed application and submit it (without any personally identifying information) to HOPEsudbury for approval.  Once the application has been approved and all required documentation has been provided, the HOPE Fund will send the check(s) directly to the vendor (landlord, utility company, etc.)  All requests are  confidential.  There are no citizenship questions asked.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I qualify for a grant from HOPEsudbury?


Residents with a Sudbury address who have an emergency financial need are eligible to apply up to once per calendar year up to five times total.  If you are unsure if you have received a grant this year , if you have received 5 or more grants total, contact the social work office at socialworker@sudbury.ma.us or 978-440-5476.


Where can I apply for a HOPEsudbury grant?


Apply using the HOPE fund application available here.  Online application submissions allow for more efficient and timely processing of applications. Hard copies of the application can also be requested at info@hopesudbury.org.  

Paper applications can be mailed to: 

Town Social Worker

Town of Sudbury

Attn:  Board of Health Office of Social Work Office

2758 Old Lancaster Rd.

Sudbury, MA  01776


Are citizenship questions asked?


All requests will be treated confidentially.  HOPEsudbury does not consider citizenship status when reviewing grant requests and no citizenship questions will be asked.  If you choose to share citizenship information with the social work office in order to seek specific resources or referrals, this information will be kept confidential by the social work team.


What is the maximum emergency grant amount?


Emergency grants are available for up to $600 for an individual household and $1,200 for a family (2 or more people).  For non-custodial parents, the recipient must have custody of the child(ren) more than 50% or the time to be considered for a family grant.


How are funds given out?


Payments are issued directly to the vendor only (utility company, landlord, etc.) 


What expenses can be covered by a grant?


  • Rent

  • Mortgage

  • Utilities

  • Emergency home repair (plumbing, heating, etc.)

  • Emergency car repairs

  • Non-elective medical and dental costs

  • Insurance payments (home, auto, and medical)

  • Other categories, as deemed appropriate, by the HOPEsudbury Board of Directors


What expense cannot be covered by a grant?


  • Alimony and child support

  • Court fines and related expenses

  • Lawyer fees

  • Elective medical or dental expenses

  • Purchase of vehicles

  • Tax payments

  • Business expenses

  • School tuition

  • Other categories, as deemed inappropriate, by the HOPEsudbury Board of Directors.

Can I save the grant money to use on future bills?


Checks will be written for past-due bills or to cover the upcoming month ONLY.  No future payments will be made.  Approved grants can be used throughout the calendar year up to the maximum allowable annual payment.


When are applications for grants being accepted?


Applications can be submitted at any time and are reviewed on a rolling basis.  The time taken to review and process an application varies depending on the volume of applications in process and staffing.


What documentation do I need to apply?


HOPEsudbury requires a bill, invoice, or statement from the vendor (utility company, landlord, medical office, etc.) showing the amount due, the vendor address for payment, and the account number, if applicable.  Applications will not be reviewed or payments made until all documentation is provided, including copies of the bills.


When will payments be made?


Once all documentation is received and your application has been approved by HOPEsudbury, checks will be mailed within 5 business days.  HOPEsudbury is not responsible for delays due to the postal service or the time it takes a vendor to credit payment to an account.  Payment is made by check only.  Phone and online payments are not available. 


What should I do if the check hasn’t been received by the vendor?


If a payment has not been credited to your account, please ensure 3 weeks have passed since approval of your HOPE Fund grants.  After that time, please contact info@hopesudbury.org and HOPEsudbury will confirm if and when the check was cashed by the vendor.  All further follow up with the vendor regarding crediting payment to the account is the responsibility of the grant recipient.  


Checks not received or cashed by the vendor will be cancelled and reissued after 4 weeks have passed from when the check was mailed by HOPEsudbury.

Are childcare or camp expenses covered by a HOPE fund grant?

HOPEsudbury administers a separate Camp/Childcare fund.  Qualified Sudbury residents are eligible for assistance up to $400 per child per calendar year.  Contact the town social worker at socialworker@sudbury.ma.us for more information on the Camp/Childcare Fund.