Proof of identity
• Applicants who do not have a 13 digit bar coded Identity Book, or birth certificate for children involved in the
application can still apply for a grant.
Please obtain information from your nearest SASSA office on the alternative documents which are accepted for grant
applications. Refugees can provide the Section 24 permit as proof of refugee status and identity.
Where Do You Apply For A Grant?
• You apply at the SASSA Offce nearest to where you live;
• If you are too old or sick to travel to the office to apply for a grant, then a family member or friend can apply on your behalf; with letter from you as applicant authorizing the application;
• Alternatively you may call the SASSA offce to request a home visit;
• Your application form will be completed in the presence of an officer from SASSA;
• When your application is completed you will be given a receipt;
• Keep this receipt – it is your only proof of application;
• You do not have to pay any money to apply;
• If your application is not approved by SASSA, you must be informed in writing as to why your application was
• You have the right to request SASSA to reconsider its decision, if you are unhappy with the decision made.
If the reconsidered decision is still unfavourable, you have the right to appeal to the Minister of Social Development. The request for SASSA to reconsider its decision must be made within 90 days of you being informed of the outcome of your application.
Date Of Award Of Grants
If your grant is approved, you will be paid from the date on which you applied, unless you have applied for a foster child grant. Foster child grants are paid from the date of court placement.