Apply for Sassa Child Support Grant Application

How to Apply for Sassa Child Support Grant

SASSA grants help to improve standards of living in society. The SASSA child support grant application is also aimed at improving the quality of life by providing and assisting parents by providing the income for the basic needs of their child. You can apply for a SASSA grant through the portal by following these steps.

Sassa Grant application process:

Here is the comprehensive guide about the Sassa Child Support Grant.

Eligibility Criteria for the Child support Grant

Eligibility Criteria for the Child support Grant are divided into two prospects:

Eligibility Criteria (as an applicant):

  • The applicant must be a child’s primary caretaker or in relation with the child as a parent, grandparent, or guardian or the child must be of sixteen years or over heading a separate family.
  • You must be a citizen of South African society or a permanent resident of the state
  • As a caretaker, you are not allowed to get a grant for more than 6 children (This is not valid for biological or legally adopted children)
  • If you are single, as a parent or guardian of the child, your earnings should be less than R52 800 per year but if you are married, then the earnings (combined earningss of applicant and spouse) should not exceed R105 600 per year.

Eligibility Criteria for the Child:

The Child should meet the following requirements to qualify for the grant:

  • The child should be 17 years old or less.
  • The child should live together with his guardian or caretaker and they do not get any care or support from the state.
  • Both guardian and child must live in South Africa in order to gain income.

Note: If you are just a caretaker of the child then a written note of permission is required from the parent or guardian that you want to take care of the child.

How to apply and what documents are needed to apply for the Sassa child grant

You can apply for a child support grant at the (South African Social Security Agency) Sassa office at any time. You only need to fill out the form as an applicant in the presence of a Sassa officer at your nearest SASSA Office or counter service point of a Regional Office. The only applicant or Sassa officer has the right to fill out the application form. A receipt after filling out the form is handed over to you. It is important to keep the receipt safe as it is the only proof of your application for the grant that you applied for.

Required documents to apply for the Sassa child grant

You also need some document for applying child support grant that includes,

  • Your Identity document (13 digit-bar-coded)
  • ID document of your spouse (if married or have any)
  • Birth certificate of child
  • Details of any other grant or maintenance for the child (if any)
  • Income and assets proof (For example bank statements, salary, or pension  documents)
  • Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF, if you have no job or income resource)
  • Marriage certificate (if any)
  • Court order if you have custody of the child (in case of separation or divorce)
  • Parents’ death certificate ( if any)
  • Parents missing certificate or proof (in case a parent is missing)

Sassa child grant application requirements without ID or birth certificate:

What do you need to apply for the Sassa child grant, if you don’t have the child’s birth certificate or identity document? You will need to produce an affidavit in the format of Sassa standard. SASSA officer will help you in the completion of forms. The affidavit is completed in the presence of the Commissioner of Oaths who is not the Sassa officer. You need a sworn statement from a reputable person. The reputable person may be a councilor, traditional leader, social worker, minister of religion, etc. but that person must know the child and the applicant. If you want your application not rejected then you will have to apply for ID at the Home Affairs department. If you are eligible then a temporary ID will be issued by the department. There is also a need for a school report and health card if available.

How will you be paid?

There are various means to collect the grant money from Sassa. If you are unable to collect your money yourself. You also have the right to give power of attorney to someone who can collect the money on your behalf. You can get paid for their child grant through

  • Cash payment (You can collect the cash at any particular payment point)
  • Bank deposit( you can get by an electronic deposit in your bank or post bank account).
  • Grant Administration institute.

Amount of Sassa Child Grant:

The Amount of grant changes every year but this year, the amount of grant for every month is R2190 per child.

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Grant Review and Suspension Reasons:

Sassa will review the grant and ensure that the grant will be received by the right people. If your grant application is going to be reviewed, the Sassa will inform you three months before. SASSA will review your grant regularly only to check your or your child’s circumstances.

It is important that you should cooperate with the Sassa if your grant is going to be reviewed otherwise there are chances of grant suspension. The grant also is suspended in case of fraud, fraudulent activities, or fraudulent information.

 This also applies if you fail to cooperate when the child’s grant is reviewed and if you are unable to represent your child or if the child is no longer in your care or custody. The grant is also affected if the change occurs either in your medical or financial circumstances or in case of some mistake/error while applying for a grant.

 Reason for Grant Lapsing

The child support grant will be stopped because of the following reasons:

  • If child died.
  • if the child turns 18 years of age, then the grant stops in the last month before he turns 18.
  • If the child is not present in the country.
  • If a child care from any state institute.
  • If the caretaker does not take their grant for 3 consecutive months.

 What if the grant is not approved?

If the grant is rejected, Sassa also reserves the right for the applicant to reconsider the application of your grant eligibility. After rejection, you can appeal the decision to the Minister of Social Development. You can appeal at the National Office of the Department of Social Development within 90 days of being notified about the rejection.

What if you want to cancel your grant?

If the parents want to cancel their child’s grant, they have to visit the nearest Sassa branch office and submit the following documents.

  • Appointment letter
  • bank statement(last three months)
  • Childbirth certificate
  • ID document of parents
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There are many people in the country, who are trying hard to take good care of their children. So, in this perspective, the Sassa child support grant is the best initiative from the government of South Africa. If you and the child both qualify and meet the grant-specific requirement, you can get the grant as soon as you apply. It is mandatory that you must be a South African citizen, residence holder, or refugee. Even the child must be born after 31 December 1993, if you want to qualify for the grant.

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