SASSA Grant-In Aid [2024] – A Guide To Applying For Financial Assistance For Disabilities

SASSA Grant-In-Aid is a social grant from SASSA for current social grant holders who require full-time care at home and are unable to care for themselves independently. The grant will provide them with the resources they need to hire someone to provide full-time caregiving services.

SASSA Grant-In-Aid

Only disability grant, old age grant and war veteran grant holders can apply for grant-in-aid, and it will be provided as an addition to your current grant. You can apply for Grant-In-Aid at the same time when applying for the main grant.

Eligibility Criteria For The SASSA Grant-In-Aid

Before applying for the Grant-In-Aid, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be fulfilling the eligibility criteria of your main grant including the means test.
  • You must already be a beneficiary of an old age grant, disability grant, or war veteran grant.
  • You must be unable to care for yourself due to a severe mental or physical disability and need full-time care at home.
  • You must not be currently receiving care in a state station.
  • You must have a valid medical assessment report proving that you need full-time care or support services. The report can be from a private doctor, but it must be not old more than 3 months.

How much is the SASSA Grant-In-Aid Amount?

According to the 1 October 2023 grant increase, the grant-in-aid is R510 per month for each person. The Grant-in-Aid did not increase this year, and its amount will remain the same throughout 2024.

How much does that Grant-In-Aid Cost?

Applying for SASSA grant-in-aid is free of cost and there is not any kind of service fee.

Procedure to Apply for the Grant-In-Aid

You can apply for SASSA Grant-In-Aid in your nearest SASSA office branch by filling out their application form. You can also apply online by following the instructions on Applying online through the SASSA services website.

The application forms are available at SASSA offices, and it needs to be completed in the presence of the SASSA officer. You are allowed to submit the application for the Grant-In-Aid along with your application for the disability grant, old age grant, or war veteran’s grant.

If you are too old, sick or have any disability issues, you may have a trusted family member or friend to apply on your behalf. The person applying on your behalf should take a letter from you along with a doctor’s note explaining the reason why you cannot visit the SASSA office yourself.

To apply for Grant-In-Aid, you will need to get a valid medical assessment report proving that you have a severe disability and need full-time care at home. The report can be from a private doctor or a state-appointed doctor, but it must be no more than 3 months old.

Once you have the report, you can go to the SASSA office and get the application form. You are required to complete the form in front of a SASSA officer. You may try to fill out the application yourself. In case you find it hard and confusing to fill it out yourself, then the officer will be here to help you in completing the application form.

Once you complete the form, submit it to the SASSA officer along with the medical assessment report. The officer will conduct your interview (or conduct the interview from your appointed person), take your fingerprints, and inform you if you are qualified for the grant.

After the complete process, you will receive the dated stamp receipt from the SASSA officer name who assisted you in the application. Even if you are not qualified, you need to keep this receipt as proof of application.

Required Documents to Apply for Grant-In-Aid

You must take the following documents (original or certified copies) along with you to the SASSA office when applying for Grant-In-Aid:

  • Your original 13-digit bar-coded ID (identity document).
  • A valid medical assessment report proving your disability and that you need full-time care or support services at home. The report can be from a private doctor, but it must be no more than 3 months.
  • Documentation confirming your marital status:
  • Marriage Certificate: if you are married.
  • Divorce Decree: In case of a dissolved marriage.
  • Death Certificate: if your spouse is deceased.
  • Affidavit or Sworn Statement: If you are single.
  • Affidavit for SASSA Grant-In-Aid (signed and completed)

Processing Time for the Application of SASSA Grant-In-Aid

The processing time for the Grant-In-Aid application is up to 3 months. The payments start after the approval of your application. Once the application is processed and your grant is approved, you will receive all the payments from the date you submitted your application. In case of application rejection, SASSA will send a letter with an explanation that why you’re not approved for the grant.

SASSA Grant-In-Aid Status Check

Once your grant application is submitted, then you’ll also need to check the SASSA status regularly to stay updated. And the best part is that it can be easily trace by using status check to see if the application is approved, decline or what is the current status of your application. After the approval of the application, the status should be checked frequently to be updated about upcoming payments. SASSA grant-in-aid status check can be done through the following methods:

SASSA Website

Through SASSA Official Website by Clicking Here

SASSA Website

Through the Moya App Using Data Free Method

SASSA Website

Through SMS To SASSA Number 082-046-8553

SASSA Website

Through SASSA WhatsApp 082-046-8553

SASSA Website

Contacting on SASSA Toll-Free No. 0800-601011

What to do next if SASSA Grant-In-Aid Application is not Accepted?

If your grant application is declined but you believe that the decision was made in error, you can request the SASSA to reconsider your application. If the reconsideration request is also denied, but you still disagree with the decision of SASSA, you have the right to appeal the decision of SASSA to the Ministry of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development. The appeal must be filed within 90 days from the day the application is submitted.

The Ministry of Social Development will review your appeal to make a decision. If the appeal board agrees with you, they will reverse SASSA’s decision and you will start receiving your grant payments. If the appeal is denied then you’ll receive a written explanation of the appeal board decision.

Understanding the SASSA Grant-In-Aid Payment Process

Once your grant is approved, you will start receiving payments from the date you applied. SASSA payment dates are released every month as they don’t have any fixed dates.

SASSA will pay you the grant payments through the following three methods (You need to opt for one):

  • Direct deposit in your bank account or Postbank account. The banks may charge you for the service fee.
  • You can withdraw your grant payment in cash at SASSA-partnered retail outlets such as Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Boxer, Checkers, Usave, and Spar.
  • From some specific institutions (e.g., old age homes, disability centers, Non-profit organizations).

If you want to receive your grant payments through bank account, you must fill out the Consent Form for SASSA Grant Bank Payment and submit each of the following documents:

  • Proof of identity such as ID document, birth certificate or driving license.
  • Bank account number, the account should be in your own name.
  • 3 months bank statement, your name and account number must be shown on the statement.

You can easily update your banking details or payment method whenever you need. You just need to head to the welfare office and fill out the form. However, the payments will be received through the new payment method from the following month after the verification is completed.

If you are unable to collect the grant yourself due to any reason such as old age, disability, etc., you can nominate someone to collect payments on your behalf.

SASSA Grant-In-Aid Balance Check

The SASSA balance check service allows you to check the remaining balance of your grant. Regularly reviewing your balance helps you stay informed about your funds, aiding in financial management and informed grant money decisions. After your grant-in-aid application is approved and you start receiving grant payments, you may need to check your balance regularly by following these methods:

  • By dialing the USSD code *120*3210# or *120*69277# through your cellphone
  • At any ATM (normal bank charges may be applied)
  • Via SASSA WhatsApp number 082 046 8553
  • ­By calling the SASSA call center toll-free number 0800 601 011

SASSA Grant In Aid Reviews

SASSA reserves the right to conduct a review of your grant, and it is based on the income you declared during the application process. When your primary social grant (old age grant, disability grant, or veteran’s grant) is reviewed, then your Grant-In-Aid will also be reviewed.

The reviews are conducted to ensure that you still meet the means test criteria of the grant and that your circumstances are not improved yet. It is also to verify if you are still alive. To make the review process easier, you should always keep your application up to date whenever your circumstances change.

SASSA will send you a written notice before the three months of review or the deadline to submit your life certificate (proof that you are still alive). The written notification will also provide details about the date and location of the review.

For individuals who receive their grant through a bank, institution, or agent, you must annually submit the life certificate to the SASSA office. If you are bedridden, SASSA officials will visit your home to conduct the review. Upon the conclusion of your review, you will obtain a compliance receipt including your application reference number.

The review process for refugee applicants will be initiated when their refugee status reaches its expiration.

Grant Suspension Reasons

The following reasons may lead to the grant suspension:

  • If your circumstances change (financial and/or medical)
  • You provided false information or committed fraud.
  • You failed to cooperate when your grant was reviewed.
  • The outcome of the review.
  • If your grant was approved by mistake.

Restoration of the Grant

If you think your grant was suspended due to the mistake or you disagree with SASSA’s decision, you can lodge an appeal to the Ministry of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development within 90 days from the date of suspension.

Reasons for Lapsing of Grant-In-Aid

Your grant-in-aid will lapse if one of the following conditions occurs:

  • If you pass away.
  • If you are unable to provide proof that you are alive when asked. Your grant will be reviewed annually to ensure that you are still alive.
  • Your grant payments are not collected for 3 months in a row, you can apply for the grant payments to start again, but if it is more than 90 days then you will have to apply for a new grant.
  • You are admitted to a fully government-funded institution such as a hospital or a jail.
  • You are out of country for more than 90 days without any notice.
  • You are no longer receiving full-time care at home.

Responsibilities of the Beneficiaries

Being a SASSA grant holder, you are expected to meet certain responsibilities:

  • In order to ensure accuracy, keep SASSA updated about any changes in your personal and financial circumstances.
  • Timely communication with SASSA regarding modifications to your address or personal contact details is essential.
  • Always provide the correct information because SASSA does not tolerate any fraudulent activity.

You must keep the SASSA updated in the above scenarios to avoid any interruption or suspension in your grants, as SASSA sends notices and updates to the address you submitted in the application. If your address or contact information is updated and you did not inform the SASSA, it may cause the suspension of your grants, as SASSA will not be able to contact you.

Contact SASSA

Should you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to SASSA through the following channels: