Each year, millions of South Africans receive Sassa’s Child Support Grant. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) provides financial support in a form of a social grant to vulnerable citizens amidst the COVID-19 outbreak as many depend on the grants for daily survival. Sassa offers many social grants and one of them is the Child Support Grant, but who qualifies for this grant? You’ll find out in this article, so continue reading.
With the Child Support Grant, parents in lower-income households are able to provide for the basic needs of their children without much stress. Qualified applicants get R460 every month.
Who can apply?
- A primary caregiver who is responsible for the child
- South African citizen or Permanent Resident
- If the caregiver is single, they must earn R4000 or less per month
- If the caregiver is married, the couple’s combined monthly earnings must be less than R8000
What are the requirements for the child?
- Must be younger than 18 years old
- Not be in the care of a state institution
- Live with the primary caregiver in South Africa who isn’t paid to look after the child
- You can’t get the grant for more than 6 children who aren’t your legally adopted or biological children
You’ll also need to show certain documents and provide some information, including:
- your South African identity document (ID), which must be bar-coded,
- the child’s birth certificate, which must have an ID number,
- your salary slip, bank statements for 3 months, or pension slips, and any other proof of income,
- if you’re unemployed, your Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) card – “blue book” – or a discharge certificate from your previous employer,
- if you’re not the child’s parent or guardian, a written note of permission from the parent or guardian that you should take care of the child,
- if you’re not the child’s parent or guardian, information about how you’ve tried to get the parents to pay maintenance,
- information that shows that you’re the child’s primary caregiver.
How to Apply
The main purpose of the introduction of social grants is to improve the standard of living in society. If you want to submit an online application for any of the grants, you can do by clicking here to create a Sassa account first.
After creating your Sassa account, head straight to this page and click on “Apply for a grant.” Make sure you follow the prompts to complete your application.