SASSA Child Support Grant Application Process 2023/24

It is known as the SASSA Child Support Grant. SASSA Child Support Grant 2022/2023 Application Details.

The cost of raising a child is very high. Our goal is to help you understand how the child support grant works, and who can apply for one.

What’s the child support grant?

Child support grants are designed to assist parents with the costs of their children’s basic needs. They are aimed at households with lower incomes. This grant is not meant to replace other income, but to bridge the gap between income and cost of living.

Who can apply for the grant?

The following are the requirements for the primary caregiver of a child (a parent, grandparent, or anyone who primarily looks after the child):

  • Have a South African passport or permanent residency.
  • Earn no more than R48 000 per year (R4 000 per month) if you’re single. You shouldn’t earn more than R96 000 a year (R8 000 a month) if you’re married.

If you are not the child’s parent, you will have to prove that you are the child’s primary caregiver. An affidavit from a police official or the biological parent, a report from a social worker, or a school principal’s letter can be used.

For the child to qualify they must:

  • be under 18 years old,
  • not be in the care of a state institution,
  • The child lives with the primary caregiver, who isn’t paid to care for him or her.

There must be a South African parent and child living together. There is a limit of six children who aren’t your legally adopted or biological children who can receive the grant.

You’re unable to get a grant if you’re:

  • being paid to look after the child,
  • not the child’s primary caregiver,
  • someone is already getting a grant for the child,
  • You represent an institution that cares for children.

The grant is only available to people whose financial situation is below a certain threshold. You must pass a means test to determine if you qualify.

What’s the grant amount?

There is a change in the amount every year, but the current amount is R440 per month per child.

What’s the application process?

Fill out an application form at your nearest SASSA office or counter service point at a regional office to apply for the child support grant. The application is free.

SASSA officers will complete your application form in your presence. Your application will be acknowledged with a receipt when it’s complete. A copy of the receipt must be kept as proof of application.

There will also be some documents you’ll need to show and some information you’ll need to provide, including:

  • You must have a barcode on your South African identity document (ID),
  • A child’s birth certificate, which must include an ID number,
  • The salary slip, bank statements for the past three months, pension slips, or any other proof of income you have,
  • If you are unemployed, your Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) card – the “blue book” – or your discharge certificate from your previous employer is required.
  • If you aren’t the child’s parent or guardian, a written note giving you permission to care for the child,
  • Please describe how you’ve sought maintenance payments from the parents, if you’re not the child’s parent or guardian.
  • The information that shows you are the child’s primary caregiver.

You should specify how you would like the money paid when you submit your application. You can receive your money in cash on specific days at a pay point, or you can receive it electronically through your bank.

If you withdraw or deposit money from your bank account, you will be charged the normal bank fees. Changing the payment method is possible at any time by filling out a form, but it will take a month for the change to take effect.

If the grant is refused, you can appeal.

If it’s approved, you’ll start receiving payments within 3 months. Payments will be backdated to the day you applied for the grant.

Payments will stop it:

  • the child dies
  • The month in which the child turns 18
  • If the caregiver does not claim for three consecutive months.
  • If the child is absent from the country, or
  • The child is admitted to a state institution.

This will be checked from time to time as part of your grant. Any changes in your or your child’s circumstances must also be reported to the department.

Social Grants during Covid-19

On 23 October 2020, SASSA announced the end of all top-up amounts for the social grants (Old Age, Disability, War Veterans, Child Support, Foster Child and Care Dependency). The grant amounts from November will revert to the pre-covid levels. The top-up amounts will not be extended.

More information can be obtained by calling SASSA on 0800 60 10 11 or by emailing [email protected].

General Enquiries

You can reach our toll-free helpline at 0800 601 011 for information on:

  • Pay-out dates,
  • To qualify for any government grant, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Addresses and phone numbers of district offices,
  • Please contact us if you need assistance with your application.
  • If you suspect fraud or corruption, you can also report it.

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