How To Apply For Sassa Grants Online

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Millions of people need financial assistance from Sassa. While these people were previously required to travel to a Sassa office to submit a grant application, technological advancements mean they can apply for Sassa grants online from the comfort and safety of their own homes. 


The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) distributes millions of social grants to vulnerable people living in South Africa who require financial assistance. These Sassa grants are used by beneficiaries to purchase necessities and access basic services. 

Sassa distributes more than 18 million permanent grants to beneficiaries every month. These permanent grants include the Older Persons grant, Disability grant, War Veterans grant, Care Dependency grant, Foster Child grant, Child Support grant, Child Support grant Top-Up and Grant-in-aid. 

Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for the permanent grants distributed by Sassa are encouraged to submit a grant application online. While the most popular way to apply for grants is to visit a Sassa office, technological advancements mean that people can apply for the grants distributed by Sassa from the comfort of their own homes. 

People can apply for several of the permanent grants distributed by Sassa using the Sassa online services portal. The Sassa services portal is separate from the main Sassa website

How To Apply For Sassa Grants Online 

Applications for the Child Support Grant, Older Persons Grant and Disability Grant can be submitted online. 

Step 1: Visit the Sassa Services Portal

Step 2: Register as a new user 

Step 3: Log in to the Sassa services portal with your newly created username and password. 

Step 4: Click on “Apply For A Grant”  

Step 5: Type the grant you want to apply for i.e. Older Persons Grant or Child Support Grant or Foster Child Grant. 

Step 6: Complete the grant application form by entering information in all the required fields

Step 7: Print the Sassa-generated affidavit and have it certified by a Commissioner of Oaths

Step 8: Print, sign and submit the Bank Payment form with the affidavit. 

Step 9: Upload all supporting documents in PDF format as indicated by the application form 

Step 10: Submit your application and you will receive a confirmation of your submission with a reference number via email or SMS. This reference number can be used if they are any enquiries. 

After successfully your grant application online, Sassa will process your application and inform you of the outcome in due time. 

Grant applicants must submit several documents to support their Sassa Online Grant application.  

Other Sassa Grants You Can Apply For Online 

The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, commonly referred to as the R350 grant, is aimed at assisting unemployed adults living in South Africa.

Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for the R350 grant may submit a R350 grant application online. More than 7 million people are currently benefiting from the R350 grant. 

Who Can Apply For The R350 Grant 

The R350 grant is for unemployed individuals in South Africa, including citizens, asylum seekers, permit holders, and refugees aged 18-59. 

R350 grant applicants must not receive other government support, reside in a government institution, or have an income exceeding R624. If their bank account balance exceeds R624, their R350 grant application will be rejected.

In the context of the R350 grant, other government support includes other social grants distributed by Sassa, funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme or benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund

How To Apply For The R350 Grant Online

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Select your citizenship criteria at the end of the page (either pick 'South African ID Holders' or 'Asylum Seekers and Special Permit Holders')

Step 3: Select the yellow bar that says, 'click here to apply online' under the 'How do I apply for this SRD Grant' or the 'Asylum Seekers and Special Permit Holders' section depending on your citizenship selection

Step 4: Enter your mobile number

Step 5: Click "Send SMS" 

Step 6: Enter the one-time pin that Sassa has sent to the number 

Continue the application process by filling in the steps required by Sassa. 

Individuals who submit a grant application online can check on the progress of their grant application by completing a Sassa Status Check. Alternatively, the R350 grant applicants can track their grant applications

How To Contact Sassa For Grant Enquiries

If you have any further questions or require additional information, visit your Sassa page. Alternatively, you can contact Sassa directly by calling the SASSA toll free number on 080060 10 11.

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