Raising kids in this inflation is no ordinary job. From their schooling to healthcare, everything costs an arm and a leg, which is a struggle for those who are earning less than the average income in South Africa.
To offer some relief to those who are struggling financially, the government of South Africa has launched the Sassa child support grant. The monetary aid makes it possible for caregivers and parents to offer their children a decent life.
As there are thousands of applications every year, some face rejection on different grounds. If you wish to get your grant request approved, then you need to follow the exact child support grant application process. I have shared the entire step-by-step process below along with additional information that will help you.
What is The Child Support Grant?
The South African Social Security Agency has launched multiple grants for the citizens of the country. One of those grants is the child support grant. It offers monetary assistance to those families who are struggling financially and have young kids.
Sassa has made eligibility criteria for this grant. If the applicant meets certain requirements criteria of the Department, then they get access to the money.
Not every citizen of South Africa with kids can apply for the grant. There is a strict eligibility criteria. Only those who meet the entire criteria will receive the grant money.
The first requirement is that the applicant must be a registered citizen of South Africa. A foreigner living in the country can not apply for or are eligible for the child support grant of Sassa. However, if you are a permanent resident of the country or a refugee, then you are also eligible for receiving the grant.
The second requirement is that the child should be under the age of 18. Whether the applicant has one kid or two kids, the children in question need to be less than 18 years old. When a child turns 18, the grant becomes suspended.
The applicant also needs to have a phone number which is registered under their own name. In addition to that, the applicant also needs to present their income proof, as the grant is only for poor citizens.
The maximum income of single parents is R60,000 annually. However, if both parents are earning, then their combined earnings should not exceed R120,000 per year.
Another important requirement for qualifying for the child support grant is that the parent or guardian must not receive any monetary aid for their kid. If they are receiving help from any other source, then they are not eligible for this grant.
This takes us to another critical factor which is non-negotiable. The child must be registered in a school if they are of school-going age. It is the responsibility of the parents to send the kid to an educational institute to qualify for the child support grant.
Required Documents for the Grant
Before you start to fill out the application, you need to gather some documents. The first is the identity card of the guardian applying for the grant. If the child has both parents, then the identity card of both parents is required.
The second document that the Department asks for is proof of income which is the payslip of their current job. This proves to the officers reviewing the request whether the person meets the maximum annual earning criteria or not. If the person is retired from their job, then the pension slip needs to be attached to the application form.
The birth certificate of the children is also required by the Department. This proves the age of the children, or the child which allows the officers to judge whether the age requirements are being met or not.
Another document that you need to attach to your application is proof of residence. Furthermore, the applicant also needs to attach their bank statement with the application as the funds are transferred directly into a bank account.
The last thing is, if the child’s parents are deceased and the guardian is applying for the grant, then they need to attach documents proving their guardianship. Moreover, the death certificates of the parents also need to be provided during the application process.
Process of Application for the Grant
Once you have gathered all the required documents, then you need to visit the nearest Sassa office. Ask them for the child support grant application form on the counter. When you receive the form, you need to sit down and then fill it out accurately.
It is critical that you provide all the information that the form asks for, and it should be accurate. Otherwise, the Department will reject your application most likely. You can ask for the help of a Sassa officer in case of any problem.
Once you have filled out the application form, you need to attach all the documents with the form. Submit it to a Sassa officer and your application review process will start.
If you do not wish to visit an office, or it is too far, then you can also apply for the grant online. Visit the website of Sassa on your device. If you are registered on the website, then you can apply for the grant directly.
However, if you are not registered with Sassa, then you need to register yourself first. Click on the ‘Register’ button and a form will appear on the screen. Fill out the registration form with all the details that they are asking for.
After adding all the information, you need to click on the ok button to receive your OTP. You will receive this password on your mobile phone. Once you receive the message with OTP, you need to add it to the registration form to complete the process.
Now login to the website with your newly registered account details. Then look for the grants option or ‘apply for a grant’. The entire list of Sassa grants will open, you need to select the one you are looking for i.e., a child support grant.
The application form for the grant will open on the screen. You need to fill out this form with all the accurate information. You also need to add your affidavit issued by Sassa along with the rest of the document for the application.
All of the documents should be attached to the application form in PDF format. Once you have uploaded everything, click on the done button and your application will be submitted. Once you have submitted your application form on the website or the office of Sassa, the Department will begin to review your application.
Grant reviews are done after the grant has been allotted to the individuals. This is done to make sure that the applicants continue to meet the criteria of the grant or not. Grant reviews are done by the Department of Sassa and they notify the applicant 3 months prior to the review.
A letter or notification is sent from Sassa to the applicants to notify them about the review. In case there is a change in the circumstances of the applicant, then the grant is suspended immediately. However, if their situation has not changed and they meet the criteria of the grant, then they continue to receive the amount.
When an individual qualifies for the child support grant, and their application is approved, they begin to receive the amount from the date of application. However, even after the approval of the grant, it can be suspended for various reasons.
Moreover, if the financial situation of the family changes in any way, then their grant gets suspended immediately. This means the annual earning of the single parent or both parents surpass the maximum income amount set by the Department.
In addition to that, if the guardians do not cooperate during the review of the grant or they find any proof of false information, then the grant will also be suspended. Another major cause behind grant suspension is when the guardian or the parents do not claim the money for 3 months in a row. When the third month hits without the parent claiming the grant money, the grant will be suspended.
Furthermore, the grant will also be suspended if the applicant changes their residential address and does not notify the department. As the Department of Sassa sends out mail to the registered address mentioned in the application, a change in address will make it impossible for them to reach the applicants. Therefore, if you are changing your residence, then make sure to inform the Department.
When the grant of an applicant is suspended, they have a 90-day period to apply for the restoration of the grant. In this period, the application for restoration will be reviewed, and they may start to receive the money again. However, when the 90-day period is over, the applicant can no longer have their grant money restored.
The first major reason for lapse is that the child turns 18. As it is for kids that are under the age of 18, when the child turns 18, it will cause the grant to lapse.
If the child is taken out of the country and they are no longer a resident of South Africa, then the grant can also be lapsed for it. If the child dies, that is also grounds for the lapse of the child support grant.
In addition to that, if the child is admitted to any state institution or starts to receive financial aid from other sources, then it will also cause a grant lapse. However, it will not lapse immediately but after six months of admission to the institute. To be more precise, it will lapse on the first day of the seventh month.
What to Keep in Mind?
The major thing to keep in mind for the Sassa child support grant is to provide them with accurate information. Giving false information to the Department will not only suspend your grant, but it may also become cause the applicant not to qualify for any grants in the future.
In addition to that, any fraudulent activities are not tolerated by Sassa, so make sure to not participate in any such activities. Moreover, the applicant can apply for the grant for a maximum of 6 kids at a time. Each applicant will receive R500 per month, per child.
How much is the Sassa child grant 2023?
The Sassa child grant 2023 is R500 per month, per child. If a family applies for two kids, then they will receive R1000 per month. However, to receive this amount, the criteria must be met by the applicants.
How long does it take for a child support grant to be approved?
Usually, the child support grant of Sassa is approved within 30 to 60 days. However, the maximum time limit for the Department to approve the application is up to 3 months. When the grant is approved, the applicant receives the amount from the date of their application.
What are the requirements for a child support grant?
The major requirement for the child support grant is that the child must be under the age of 18. Moreover, the applicant and the child needs to be registered citizen of South Africa, residing in the country. The parent of the child also needs to meet the income requirement which is R60,000 for a single parent and R120,000 for both parents’ annual earnings.
The child support grant is one of the many grants issued by Sassa to provide relief to the citizens of South Africa. However, not every person is eligible for the grant.
Read the article above to find out the detailed child support grant application process. Moreover, you will also find other important information such as eligibility criteria and documents required for the application.