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

For current recipients of social grants who need full-time care at home and are unable to take care of themselves, SASSA offers the SASSA Grant-In Aid. They will have the funds necessary to engage someone to offer full-time caregiving services thanks to the funding.

Grant-in-aid is available only to holders of disability, old age and war veteran grants; it will be added to your existing grant. When applying for the primary award, you can also apply for award-In-Aid.

SASSA Grant-In Aid

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 amount is expected to increase R10 per person per month from 1 April 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

Fill out the application form available at the SASSA office branch closest to you to apply for a SASSA Grant-In-Aid. You can also submit an application online by following the guidelines on Applying online through the SASSA services website.

The application forms must be filled out in the presence of a SASSA officer and are available at SASSA offices. You may submit your application for a disability grant, an old age grant, or a war veteran’s grant in addition to your Grant-In-Aid application.

If you are too old, too unwell, or have a disability, a family member or acquaintance you can trust can apply on your behalf. A letter from you and a note from your doctor justifying your inability to visit the SASSA office personally should be provided to the person applying on your behalf.

Obtaining a legitimate medical assessment report attesting to your severe impairment and need for full-time home care is a prerequisite for applying for Grant-In-Aid. The report needs to be no older than three months and can come from a state-appointed or private physician.

After obtaining the report, you can visit the SASSA office to get the application. The form must be filled out in front of a SASSA officer. You could complete the application on your own. The officer will assist you in filling out the application form if you need help or clarification to do so alone.

After filling out the form, please give it to the SASSA officer, along with the medical evaluation results. The officer will take your fingerprints, interview you (or have your designated representative interview you), and let you know if you qualify for the grant.

Once everything is finished, the SASSA officer who helped you with the application will give you a dated stamp receipt. Keep this receipt as proof of application even if you need to be qualified.

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 over three 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 SASSA Grant-In-Aid Applications

The Grant-In-Aid application may take up to three months to process. Once your application is approved, the payments will begin. All payments from the date your application was submitted will be given to you once it has been processed and your grant has been accepted. If your application is denied, SASSA will send you a letter explaining why the grant isn’t authorized.

SASSA Grant-In-Aid Status Check

To stay informed, you must also frequently check the SASSA status after submitting your grant application. The best thing is that it’s simple to track down by using a status check to determine whether your application was accepted, rejected, or current status. Following the application’s approval, it is important to check the status to stay informed about impending payments regularly. The following techniques can be used to check the grant-in-aid status with SASSA:

Through the SASSA Official Website by Clicking Here
Through the Moya APP Using Data Free Method
Through SMS To SASSA Number 082-046-8553
Through SASSA WhatsApp 082-046-8553
Contacting on SASSA Toll-Free No. 0800-601011

What should I do next if the SASSA Grant-in-Aid Application is not accepted?

You can ask the SASSA to reevaluate your application if your grant application is rejected but you think the decision was made incorrectly. Should your request for reconsideration be also turned down, but you still need to be happier with the SASSA’s ruling, you can file an appeal with the Ministry of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development. The appeal must be submitted within ninety days of the application’s submission.

The Ministry of Social Development will examine your appeal to reach a decision. The appeal board will overturn SASSA’s ruling and begin disbursing your grant money if they find it in your favor. You will receive a written explanation of the appeal board’s judgment if the appeal is denied.

Understanding the SASSA Grant-In-Aid Payment Process

Once your grant is approved, you will receive payments from your application date. SASSA payment dates are released monthly as they have no 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 a 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 an ID document, birth certificate, or driver’s license.
  • Bank account number: the account should be in your 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 must just 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 cannot 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

You can check the amount still owed on your grant using the SASSA balance check facility. By reviewing your balance regularly, you may keep informed about your finances and make well-informed decisions about grant money. You might need to periodically check your balance using the following techniques once your grant-in-aid application has been accepted and you are receiving grant payments:

Through your mobile device, by entering the USSD code 1203210# or 12069277#
Through the SASSA WhatsApp number 082 046 8553 at any ATM (regular bank fees may apply).By dialing 0800 601 011, the SASSA call center’s toll-free number

SASSA Grant In Aid Reviews

Based on the income you reported when submitting your application, SASSA retains the right to review your award. Your Grant-In-Aid will be examined in tandem with your major social grant (old age, disability, or veteran’s grant) upon evaluation.

The evaluations ensure that you continue to meet the grant’s means test requirements and that everything has stayed the same in your situation. Additionally, it’s to make sure you’re still alive. You should constantly keep your application updated whenever your circumstances change, as this will facilitate the evaluation process.

SASSA will provide written notice before the three-month review period or the deadline to submit your life certificate (documentation that you are still alive). The written notification will also specify the review’s date and place.

If you get your grant through a bank, organization, or agent, you must send the life certificate to the SASSA office annually. If you are bedridden, SASSA representatives will come to your home to review. After your evaluation is complete, you will receive a compliance receipt.

The review procedure for applicants will begin after their refugee status expiration.

Grant Suspension Reasons

The grant suspension could occur for the following reasons:

  • If your financial or medical situation changes, you may have committed fraud or given incorrect information.
  • You should have complied while your grant was reviewed.
  • The review’s conclusion.
  • If the grant was inadvertently approved.

Restoration of the Grant

Within ninety days of the suspension date, you may file an appeal with the Ministry of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development if you believe the error that led to the suspension of your grant was unjustified or if you don’t agree with SASSA’s ruling.

Reasons for Lapsing of Grant-In-Aid

Any of the following scenarios will result in the expiration of your grant-in-aid:

  • If you die.
  • If questioned, you cannot produce documentation of your existence. Your grant will be examined every year to ensure you are still alive.
  • If your grant payments are not received for three consecutive months, you can petition to have them resumed; however, if the delay exceeds ninety days, you must submit a new grant application.
  • You are accepted into a hospital or jail that receives all its government funding.
  • You abruptly leave the country for a period exceeding ninety-nine days.
  • Your in-home care is no longer provided full-time.

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:

  • Connect with the SASSA Toll-Free Call Centre at 0800 60 10 11
  • Contact the SASSA Head Office: 012 400 2322
  • Email your queries to the SASSA Head Office: [email protected]
  • Explore a list of SASSA offices across the country: SASSA offices near you