Apply for a SASSA Grant

How to Apply for a SASSA Grant – Online and In-Person Application Guide

Applications for grants from the SASSA (South Africa Social Security Agency) can be submitted online or in person at the SASSA office. I’ll go through each step of the application process for both approaches in this post, including how to finish it and what to do afterward.

Applying online is the most practical approach to Apply for a SASSA Grant. To get started, all you need is a PC, laptop, or mobile device with an active internet connection. Depending on your interests, you may also choose to apply in person.

8 Types of SASSA Social Grants You Can Apply For

All grant kinds follow the same general application process from SASSA, with a few minor variations in the prerequisites. The eight categories of SASSA social grants that you can apply for are listed below if you’re looking for a particular grant application process:

Getting Ready for SASSA Grant Online Application

Before applying online, please take notes of the following points to make your application process easier:

  • First, you need to make sure you meet the eligibility and means test criteria for the SASSA grant you are applying for.
  • You should have your South African ID Card.
  • You should have all documents and proof of your current financial condition.
  • You must have a valid email address and an active phone number registered in your name. The phone number will be used for verification.
  • If you are too old and unable to visit the SASSA office yourself, you can have a trusted family member or friend act as your procurator and apply for you on your behalf.
  • As a Procurator, you can use one SASSA Services account to manage all the grant applications of the people you assist.

The Process to Apply for SASSA Grant Online

Once you are ready to apply for your SASSA grant application, follow the below steps:

  • Go to the SASSA Services Website and click the “Register” button in the “Register a New Account” tab.
  • A form will appear and ask you to provide your personal information:
  • Your citizenship. (select one from South African Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee)
  • Your ID document Type (select one from Identity Document, Temporary ID, or Refugee)
  • Your ID Number
  • Your Name Title (Select one from Mr, Mrs or Miss)
  • Your Surname
  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email
  • Your Password (Please provide a password with at least 8 characters. The password must include one uppercase or lowercase letter, a number, and symbols or special characters. Don’t use a common word or name as the password.)
  • Reconfirm your Password
  • Your cellphone number (The phone number should be registered in your name)
  • After providing your correct personal information, click the “Register Me” button to submit the form. An OTP code will be sent to your provided phone number. Enter the OTP code on the website to complete your registration.
  • Now login to the SASSA website by providing the username and password you used for the registration.
  • Click the “Apply for a Grant” button and select the grant type you want to apply for
  • Fill out the grant application form by entering all the information that is needed.
  • Now you should print out the SASSA-generated affidavit and verify it by an oath commissioner. Along with your affidavit, print, sign, and submit your bank payment form.
  • The final step is to submit all the supporting documents in PDF format. Please note that the document should be original or certified copies. (see the document requirements below.)

After you apply, you will receive a confirmation email.

How to Apply for SASSA Grant in Person

You must fill out an application and visit the closest SASSA office branch to apply for an award in person.

You may have a friend or trusted family member apply on your behalf if you are too old to visit the SASSA office yourself. A letter from you and a note from your doctor stating why you are unable to visit the SASSA office yourself should be given to the person applying on your behalf.

The application forms must be filled out in the presence of a SASSA officer and are available at SASSA offices. If you are unable to complete the application on your own, the officer will help you do so. In addition, the officer will interview you or your designated representative and notify you of your eligibility for the grant.

You will receive a dated stamp receipt with the reference number and name of the SASSA officer who helped you with the application after finishing the application and interview. This receipt serves as proof of application, which you must maintain.

Eligibility Criteria and Documents Required for Applying for SASSA Grant Application

The different grant types have different eligibility criteria and require different documents; you can visit the relevant page for the grant you are applying for from the following:

Processing Time for the SASSA Application

Depending on the volume of applications received, the processing of SASSA grant applications may take up to three months. If your application is accepted, you will receive payment as soon as you apply and be notified via email or SMS. SASSA will notify you in writing if your application is rejected along with information on how to file an appeal.

What to do if My SASSA Grant Application is not Approved?

You have the option to ask for a reconsideration if your grant application is rejected. You have ninety days from the date of notification to file an appeal with the Ministry of Social Development if your reconsideration is also turned down. After considering your appeal, the Ministry will decide. Should they concur, the decision made by the SASSA will be overturned, and you will begin to receive grant payments. If your appeal is rejected, you will receive a written reason.

Tips for a Successful SASSA Application

Here are some tips to increase your chances of success when applying for the SASSA grant. Follow them while applying:

  • Review the eligibility criteria for the grants you are applying for and confirm if you are qualified to apply for that grant before starting the application process.
  • Prepare all the necessary documentation in advance, such as proof of income and identification, to complete your application quickly and easily.
  • Provide accurate information because SASSA already has all your records. Misinformation can lead to the rejection of your grant.
  • Double-check your application to make sure it is complete and error-free before submitting it.
  • Keep copies of your completed application and supporting documents for your records.
  • Obtain a receipt or acknowledgment if you are applying in person.
  • Update SASSA immediately about any changes in your circumstances or contact details that might affect your application.
  • Regularly check your application status on the official SASSA website to stay informed of its progress.


It is essential to apply for an SASSA grant to obtain the funding required to improve your life. Applying in person or online, the process is meant to be simple and easy to understand.

You must first meet the eligibility requirements and gather the required paperwork to apply for an SASSA grant. You can check the status of your application online or by getting in touch with a SASSA office after you’ve submitted it. You have the right to file an appeal if the decision rejects your application.

If you qualify, I strongly advise you to apply for an SASSA grant right away. It’s a fantastic method of obtaining the money you require to cover your essential expenses and enhance your standard of living.

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