SASSA Child Grant 2024-Eligibility, Application Method

Are you in search of a grant for your child’s proper upbringing? SASSA provides SASSA Child Grant also known as “SASSA Child Support Grant” for children who are under 18 years of age and surviving in low-income families where their basic needs are not fulfilled.

Applicants should be informed about the correct and valid information regarding grant payments, eligibility, the application process, and the SASSA means test.

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From Oct 2022 Sassa Child Support Grant Top-up is introduced to increase the total amount of child support grant, for top-up payment children should be orphaned and caregivers can apply for top-up value. All these details are discussed briefly here.

SASSA Child Support Grant Payment Dates

Sassa has no fixed dates for the monthly award of social grants, however, Sassa releases schedules every month that have different social grants payment dates

Child Grant Payment Date For February: 6th February 2024

Child Grant Payment Date For March: 7th March 2024

Child Grant Payment Date For April: 5th April 2024

Child Grant Payment Date For May: 7th May 2024

How Much is Sassa Child Grant?

The Set Sassa child Grant amount is “R510 per child per month” and a certain increase is officially announced. In Addition to this (if applicable) from April 2023 onwards, the top-up amount per child is set for R250 each month. Then the total amount becomes R750 for each child support grant.

Increase in Child Grant Payments

The Sassa Child grant was increased from R500 to R510 per child per month and furtherly it is expected to increase by R10 from April 2024.

Eligibility Criteria For Sassa Child Grant

To be eligible for sassa child support grant the child and applicant both must comply with the eligibility criteria. The following are the key points of eligibility.

  • The primary caregiver should be a South African citizen, permanent resident, or recognized refugee.
  • The applicant and the child both should be residents Of the state of South Africa.
  • The applicant must be the primary caregiver of the child/ children concerned.
  • The child/children must be under the age of 18 years
  • The applicant and his/her spouse must clear the sassa means test.
  • Caregivers can not apply for more than six non-biological children.
  • Child/Children must live with the primary caregiver who is not paid to look after the child.
  • Child/children must not reside in an institution funded or cared for by the state of South Africa. 
  • It is preferable to exhibit a South African ID document of the applicant as well as the residentiary proof. 
  • The death certificate of the parent if the applicant is the nearest relative ( grandfather, cousin, aunt, etc) as a caregiver.

Important Documents For SASSA Child Grant

  • The applicant’s South African 13-digit ID document, in case it is not available then:
  • Ask the Sassa Officer to provide you an Affidavit form or you can download Sassa Affidavit Form from our website, fill this form on the SASSA standard affidavit template, make sure that the Oath commissioner is present at that time. The Oath Commissioner must not be affiliated with SASSA.
  • You are required to present a statement of declaration which declares your truth, this should be attested by an authoritative person. 
  • You are required to give your fingerprint while your application is under a verification process. The Department of Home Affairs will issue your ID on your request if you fail to present your ID to SASSA your application may be suspended by Sassa.
  • For child’s verification, you must need the following documents.
  • A declaration attested by a community counselor by a traditional leader or licensed social worker, a recognized religious leader, or a school principal who can verify you and the child’s status.
  • You should have a receipt from the Department of Home Affairs if you have initiated an application for an ID and/or birth certificate of the child.
  • Baptismal certificate.
  • A school certificate where required.
  • Road to Health Clinic (RTHC).
  • If you are not the child’s parent, you must exhibit documentary proof which declares that you are the child’s primary caregiver. This can be through an affidavit from police officials, or from any social worker, also an affidavit from the biological parent, a letter from the child’s school.
  • If you are married, you will need to provide proof of your marriage.
  • Proof of your divorce in case you are divorced
  • Documents related to assets details
  • If you are divorced, the “court order must show that you have legal custody of the child.
  • Private pension documents
  • If your spouse is dead you are required to present a death certificate.
  • All supporting documents

Application Fee

There is no “sassa child grant application” fee for the application of the Sassa child grant. It’s free of cost.

How To Apply For Sassa Child Grant In 2024?

Sassa child grant application process is as simple as other grants by SASSA. Follow below given steps to apply accurately.

Step 1

You can apply for the grant by visiting your nearest sassa office or you may apply online by following the instructions on their services website.

Go to your nearest Sassa office and ask the Officer for a Sassa child Grant application form also you can Download Sassa Child Grant Application Form. You are required to fill out the application form in the presence of an SASSA Officer.

Don’t worry if you find it hard to fill the form by yourself, ask the sassa officer to help you with this. They will fill that form for you. Follow their instructions and provide the information they inquire. Attach all relevant documents with the application form.

Step 2

Once you are done with the application form, the Sassa officer will conduct an interview and after that they will give you a receipt and you are required to keep that receipt safe with you.

Verification Process

Normally it takes 3 months to process your application but still it depends on the number of applications submitted. After 3 months either your grant will be approved or disapproved. If it is disapproved you can go for SASSA appeal.

SASSA Child Grant Means Test

Sassa Means test should be cleared in order to fair distribution of grants. It is conducted to identify whether. the applicant is eligible for grant or not.

The income threshold for the applicant (Primary Caregiver) in case of unmarried is R60,000, and if he/she is married then both spouses’ collective income should not exceed the amount of R 1,20,000.

Sassa Child Grant Application Status Check

After applying you are required to sassa status check of your grant with the help of these methods. This will keep you updated regarding your application’s current status.

  • Sassa Status check online
  • Check the status through Moya App (See details on our Home Page)
  • Check the status through WhatsApp at 082-046-8553
  • By Sending a message to 082-046-8553
  • Check by calling on toll-free number 0800-601011

What If Application Not Approved?

When your application is rejected or not approved they must have given you the reason with results. If you believe it is unfair or an error to you, you have the right of reconsideration of your application, If again it is rejected then you should go for appeal. This matter will be examined by higher authorities. And if they think you are eligible for a child support grant you will be given your grant payments from then onwards. But if appeal is also denied you will be given the explanation for that.

Remember! The time limitation for appeal is 90 days you must have to file an appeal within the first 90 days of your rejection. Say for intense this 90 days period has passed and you did not file appeal still you have option to file appeal but it is not reliable may be they won’t consider it. For that Download SASSA Late Appeal Form from our website & fill it in will proper reasoning of late application and submit it in the SASSA office. We will recommend you to appeal on time.

Payment Method For SASSA Child Support Grant

Below are the three methods through which you can get your grant payments. 

  • Through specified organizations (Old age homes, Disability centers & Non-profit organizations)
  • You can get direct payments in your bank account. If you opt for payments via bank account then it is necessary to fill and submit a Consent Form for Bank Payment of SASSA Grant, also attach all relevant documents like your ID, Bank statement of previous three months & Your Bank account details.
  • Your Sassa payment can be withdrawn from Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Boxer, Checkers, Usave, and Spar as well

Apart from this If you find it hard to collect your payment by yourself then It’s nothing to be worried about. You can appoint a representative who will collect your payments on your authority

Methods To Check Child Grant Balance

You can use the following methods to check child grant balance.

  • By calling on Toll-free number 0800 601 011
  • Through ATM 
  • SASSA WhatsApp number 082 046 8553
  • Dial USSD code *120*3210# or *120*69277# on your phone

Reviews By SASSA Officials

The primary objective of Sassa child support grant is to provide assistance for a child for his health and education. Sassa keeps an eye on the eligibility of the applicants and beneficiaries to ensure they still qualify for the grant or not.

It’s important to update your application whenever your circumstances change, to prevent any form of difficulty. These incidental changes may be of improved financial stability, a change in your banking information, or an increase in your assets; in any case, keep the department informed of your developments.

What Is The Review Process?

For review you will be notified approximately three months before review by SASSA. This notice by Sassa will inform you how, when and where you will be reviewed. The beneficiaries are also required to send their life proof certificate to SASSA before the due date or yearly if specifically you are receiving grant via bank accounts. 

If you are incapacitated to visit the Sassa office they will visit you for review. When the review process is completed don’t forget to get receipt of compliance. 

What Is The Review Process For Refugees?

As far as the review process of a refugee is concerned then it depends on his/her expiring status. When a refugee reaches its expiry status he/she will be reviewed by SASSA. 

What Causes Grant Suspension?

  • Immoral or dishonest behavior on the part of the applicant
  • Any error in your application (you can submit sassa & srd reapplication)
  • When the recipient refuses to assist SASSA with the evaluation process.
  • When your financial situation improves and becomes stable or income increases 
  • Grant was approved wrongfully

How To Deal With Suspended Grant?

If you believe there was an error or that the suspension was not justified. You can use the aforementioned procedure to appeal to higher authorities.

When Child Grant Lapses?

  • When you are financially stable now
  • When the child dies.
  • The applicant did not provide a life certificate of child.
  • Children/child live in a facility that receives state funding, it is possible that your grant will be lowered to 25% of its maximum amount. 
  • The child is out of state for longer than three months without providing notification.
  • If the child/applicant is a refugee in that case if he/she ceases to be a refugee
  • If a child attains the age of 18 years.
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Tips For Beneficiaries

  • Update your home address and contact information on your Sassa application form
  • Do not participate in any illegal or fraudulent activity. 
  • Update SASSA regarding your financial conditions
  • Update SASSA about any circumstantial changes
  • Provide clear information where necessary.

Sassa Contact Number & Email Address

  • Toll-Free number 0800 60 10 11
  • Sassa Head Office number 012 400 2322
  • Email Address [email protected]

Apart from these SASSA has 48+ state & regional offices and their phone numbers. To see complete details check SASSA phone numbers & offices details.

Conclusion

Sassa child support grant aims the maintenance of children below the age of 18 with not good enough financial conditions. So, applying and qualifying for a Sassa child grant is easy as we came across all the things on this page. The only thing that matters is your and the child’s eligibility. You must comply with SASSA requirements and there you go!

FAQs

No problem, you can appoint your representative who can collect on your behalf. For more details follow above given information

You should file appeal within first 90 days of your grant rejection.

Visit: https://sassa-statuscheck.org.za/. Enter your application ID & phone number and press check status. You will all results with the month names.

You can find them on our website & download them in PDF.

Use Mobile USSD: Dial 12069277# or 120*3210# on your phone.
Use WhatsApp: Send the word “Sassa” to the WhatsApp number (082 046 8553) and follow the steps.
Use ATM: Use your SASSA Gold Card at any ATM to view your balance.
Go to SASSA Office: Visit SASSA office to check details of your balance.

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