How To Apply To The R350 Grant Under The New Rules

The Sassa R350 grant is now managed under new rules. Here’s everything you need to know about the grant application process, and how to submit your application.

The Special Relief of Distress (SRD) grant is a monthly cash assistance meant to alleviate the effects of calamities and disasters. The SRD grant is now managed under the Social Assistance Act and not under the National State of Disaster Act as we are no longer under a National State of Disaster. Transitioning to the Social Assistance Act, how will SRD grant applications now?

The Sassa R350 grant is due to come to an end in March 2023. Every month, Sassa R350 grant applications are open for those wanting to apply for monthly social grants.

How to apply for the SRD grant online

  1. Go to
  2. Scroll to the ‘How do I apply for this SRD Grant’ section
  3. Click on the yellow bar which says ‘click here to apply online’
  4. Enter your mobile number
  5. Click “send sms” 
  6. Then enter the one time pin that Sassa has sent to the number 
  7. Continue the application process by filling in the steps required by Sassa

How to apply for the SRD grant on WhatsApp

  1. Add 082 046 8553 as a contact on your phone
  2. Go on WhatsApp and send a message saying ‘hi’ to this number
  3. You will then receive a response and you should then respond saying ‘help’
  4. You will be given various options, reply saying ‘4’
  5. This will lead you to the Unathi Sassa platform message which you should reply ‘SRD’ to
  6. You then have to confirm whether you’re applying for yourself or someone else
  7. Now the actual application begins and you’ll have to submit your name, surname and ID number in the message. 
  8. You will then receive a message on Whatsapp stating the next steps. 

If you are an applicant and wish to access or have your grant application considered, you must grant consent for Sassa to verify your identity, residency, income or social security benefits. You must also accept the declaration and consent.

Under the new act, existing beneficiaries are urged to reapply. After doing so, you won’t have to apply again.

Applicants are urged to only submit one application instead of multiple applications across the various platforms. Simply select the University of your choice and click on ‘Apply Now’. Confirmation will be received as soon as the application has been successfully submitted.

All SRD grant applications must be approved or rejected by the 15th of the month. Beneficiaries will then receive an SMS informing them of whether they’ve been approved or not.

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