SASSA Child Support Grant – How to Apply, Status, Payments

The SASSA Child Support Grant targets families with lower incomes to provide financial assistance to parents in meeting their children’s basic needs. This social support is similar to the SASSA Foster Child Grant, Kindly keep in mind that only one application will be considered for each of these grants at a time.

The SASSA Child Care Grant is a social grant provided by SASSA to the primary caregiver of a child under 18. The primary caregiver can be the child’s parent, grandparent, or anyone over 18 years old who is the head of the family. Great news: caregivers can receive grants for up to 6 children, even if they aren’t biological or legal parents.

Check SASSA Child Grant Status

SASSA Child Support Grant in South Africa

Child Support Grant Payment dates and amount 2024

As of April 1, 2024, each child support grant will receive R530 per month with an increase of R20. After adding the monthly top-up of R250, the sum of the child support grant amount for each child is R780 per month.

Payment DateGrant AmountTop-up
05/04/24R 530R250

Who qualifies for the SASSA Support child grant?

Before applying for the child support grant, the applicant needs to ensure they meet the necessary eligibility criteria.

To qualify for the grant, you must be a South African citizen, a recognized refugee, or hold permanent residency status.

Having a South African ID (13-digit barcode or smart card) is preferred, but applications can still be submitted without ID.

Live in South Africa with the child you care for.

The primary caregiver of a child must be you (parent, grandparent, or anyone over the age of 16 years who is caring for the child).

The child must be under 18 years old.

The child cannot be living in a state institution (orphanage or government care facility).

It is important for both you and your spouse (if married) to meet the means test criteria.

Your eligibility for the grant program is determined by evaluating your income and assets to ensure they fall within the specified limits. From April 1, 2023, individuals should ensure that their annual income does not exceed R60,000 if they are single and R120,000 if they are married to meet the means test criteria.

Every type of grant has its own set of requirements to determine if someone qualifies based on their financial situation.

SASSA child grant application required documents

When applying for the children’s grant at the SASSA office, make sure to bring the required documents with you as the applicant.

ID Details

  1. Your original 13-digit bar-coded ID (identity document).
  2. Baptismal certificate if you have it. Make sure it has their ID number on it.
  3. School certificate, if available.
  4. Road to Health Clinic (RTHC), if you can provide it.

If you don’t have ID documents

Complete the affidavit form using the official SASSA template. Make sure to have an Oaths Commissioner who is not associated with SASSA present when filling out the form. Obtain the form from a SASSA official or download it from the provided link.

If you do not have a Birth certificate

This is only needed if you don’t have an ID or birth certificate. Ask someone you trust, like a community leader, social worker, religious leader, or school principal to sign a paper saying they know you and your child.

Documents required for Caregiver

 If you are not the child’s biological parent, you must show proof that you are the primary caregiver.

Letter from the school principal with the child present.

A sworn statement from a law enforcement agency.

Authorization letter from the biological parent of a child granting you custody of the child.

If you are married, please provide your marriage certificate.

Please provide the court order granting you custody if you are divorced and have custody of the child.

Social worker’s report.

Income proofs for the applicant

If you have a job, show your most recent payslips or bank statements (past 3 months).

If you’re getting unemployment benefits, bring your UIF card.

If you’ve lost your job recently, don’t forget to bring a leaving certificate from your old employer or proof of your UIF membership when needed.

If you receive a pension, bring your latest receipt.

You can demonstrate your efforts to obtain financial support from the biological parents, even if unsuccessful. Remember to keep documentation to support your claims.

The primary objective of a child support grant is to ensure that the child consistently attends school and completes their education. No attendance at school by the child will lead to the denial of the child support grant.

How to Apply for a SASSA Child Support Grant

The SASSA child support grant can be applied for at your nearest SASSA office branch by completing the application form or by applying online by following the guidelines provided on the SASSA services website.

Applying on behalf of someone else

If you cannot visit the SASSA office due to age or illness, someone you trust can apply for you with the necessary documentation. The person applying should bring a letter from the individual and a doctor’s note explaining their inability to visit the SASSA office.

Visit your nearest SASSA office branch

Pick up an application form from the SASSA office. You have the option to complete the application on your own. If assistance is needed, the officer will be available to help in completing the form and interview to determine eligibility for the grant.

Get a receipt from the officer

Once you have finished filling out the application and attending the interview, you will be given a receipt stamped with the date and the name of the SASSA officer who helped you with the application process. It is crucial to retain this receipt, as it serves as proof of your application, even if you do not meet the qualifications. The receipt also contains your application ID.

SRD child support grant

How much time does the SRD Child application take?

It typically takes around 3 months for SASSA to process child support grant applications. Once approved, payments begin and will be backdated to cover the period from the date you submitted your application. However, if your application is unsuccessful, SASSA will send you a letter explaining the reason for rejection.

SASSA child grant status Check

Utilize the status check feature to easily track whether your application has been approved, declined, or knows its current status. Once your application is approved, it is important to continue checking the status regularly to stay informed about future payments. There are various ways to check the status of a SASSA child support grant:

You can easily check your SASSA SRD R370 grant Status through this: Status Check

Simply put your ID number and cellphone number.

Click on the “Check SASSA Status” labeled button.

The status of your SASSA Child Support grant is shown on your screen.

Other Methods

Through the Moya App Using Data Free Method.

Through SMS To SASSA Number 082-046-8553.

Through SASSA WhatsApp number 082 046 8553

Contacting on SASSA Toll-Free Number 0800 601 011

How to check the SASSA Child Support Grant balance

Regularly checking the status of your child support grant application is essential to stay informed and up to date. Utilize the status check feature to easily track the progress of your application, whether it has been approved, declined, or is currently under review. It is important to regularly check the status of your application after it has been approved to stay informed about upcoming payments.

Online method

To check the status of your SASSA child support grant, you can use the following methods:

Official WebsiteHead over to the SASSA website at
Click optionLook for the “Grants” tab at the top of the page and click on it.
Grant typeFrom the list of grants, select “Child Support Grant.”
LinkScroll down to the bottom of the page and find the link for “Check Balance.” Click on that link.
DetailsEnter your South African ID number and your SASSA card number. Once you’ve entered both, click “Submit.”
Submit Your child’s current grant balance will be displayed on the screen


Dial *120*3210# on your registered mobile phone to access your child’s grant balance. Make sure to follow the above prompts to check the grant balance successfully.

SASSA WhatsApp Service

Save the SASSA WhatsApp number 082 046 8553 in your contacts. Type the balance and send a message to that WhatsApp number to check the balance of the SASSA child grant.

SASSA Toll-free number

By calling the SASSA call center toll-free number, 0800 601 011, you can get the grant balance of your SRD child grant account.

SASSA child Support Grant Balance check

why is my Child Support Grant suspended

The grant may be suspended for the following causes:

1. Your situation has changed in a way that now you are not qualified for the grant.

2. You give false information on your application.

3. You fail to respond to SASSA’s request for information during a grant review.

 4. Sometimes an error occurs and a grant is mistakenly approved for you.

Reasons for lapsing The SASSA child grant

The grant amount will decrease to 25% of the total if the stay at the state station exceeds four months. The grant will return to the maximum amount upon discharge.

If the child passed away.

The primary caregiver failed to collect the grant payments for three consecutive months.

The child receives assistance from a state care agency.

 The grant is for children residing in South Africa.

The child turns 18 because the grant is for children under 18.

Restoration of the SASSA grant

In case you believe your grant was suspended in error or if you disagree with SASSA’s decision, you are entitled to submit an appeal to the Ministry of Social Development at the National Department of Social Development within 90 days of the suspension, providing any supporting documentation or evidence to support your case.

How much does it cost to apply for a child support grant

There is no charge to apply for SASSA child support grants. It is free to apply.

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