The Grant-in-Aid is a supplementary SASSA grant paid to existing social grant recipients who require permanent, full-time attendance by a caregiver.
What is the Grant-in-Aid?
- An additional monthly grant from SASSA for recipients needing full-time care
- For persons already receiving Old Age, Disability, or War Veteran’s Grants
- To pay a caregiver to help care for them if unable to care for themselves
- Due to requiring help with daily living activities because of physical or mental disabilities
- Does not get paid as a standalone grant – only as a top-up to an existing grant
- The doctor’s assessment report is required to confirm the need for permanent care
- Around 90,000 Grant-in-Aid top-ups are paid per month
Eligibility Criteria for the Grant-in-Aid
To qualify for the supplementary Grant-in-Aid, recipients must:
- Already be receiving an Older Person’s, Disability, or War Veteran’s Grant
- Have a confirmed physical or mental disability
- Require permanent, full-time attendance and care by another person
- Submit a valid doctor’s assessment report confirming the need for a caregiver
- Not being cared for in an institution that receives a state subsidy
- Pass income and means testing
- Be a South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee with valid papers
- Be a resident of South Africa
How to Apply for the Grant-in-Aid
Existing grant recipients requiring a full-time caregiver can apply in two ways:
- Visit the SASSA website and register on the portal
- Capture details of existing grants, disabilities, and the need for caregiver
- Upload doctor’s assessment report and other supporting documents
- Submit the completed online Grant-in-Aid application
- Visit your nearest SASSA regional office and request an application form
- Complete in full and submit along with doctor’s report, ID, proof of residence, etc.
- SASSA agent will capture details and initiate the assessment process
- Return on a specified date to check the status and provide any further information
Note applicants must provide accurate personal details. Do not falsify information as this constitutes fraud.
Grant-in-Aid Documentation Needed
Applicants need to submit the following valid documentation when applying:
- Green barcoded ID book or Smart ID as proof of identity
- Confirmation of place of residence
- Doctor’s assessment report confirming disability and need for full-time care
- Proof of existing Older Person’s, Disability, or War Veteran’s grant
- Report detailing the daily living activities the recipient requires help with
- If applicable, proof of marital status and spouse’s income to assess means test
Doctor’s Assessment Report for Grant-in-Aid
A key requirement is to supply a detailed doctor’s assessment report which must:
- Be completed by a registered medical doctor who has examined the patient
- Confirm the recipient suffers from a physical or mental disability
- Provide details of the disability, including diagnosis and severity
- Specify the limitations caused by the disability which render the patient unable to care for themselves
- List the daily living activities the recipient requires permanent assistance with
- Confirm the need for a full-time caregiver to help care for the recipient
- The doctor’s assessment report must be recent (within 3 months). Old reports are not accepted.
- R500 monthly top-up in addition to the existing grant amount
- This supplementary R500 amount does not get adjusted annually
- Paid as a top-up to Old Age, Disability, and War Veteran’s Grants only
- Recipients must continue complying with the requirements of their primary grant
The R500 aims to help cover the costs of employing a full-time caregiver.
How the Grant-in-Aid is Paid Out
SASSA distributes the Grant-in-Aid top-up in the same way as the recipient’s primary grant:
- Deposited into the bank account where the recipient’s main grant is paid
- Loaded onto the SASSA card where their main grant is loaded
- Paid in cash at the same points where the recipient collects their main grant
- Via the same money transfer methods used by the recipient for the main grant
- No separate application for the R500 top-up needs to be made.
Grant-in-Aid Payment Dates
- Paid on the same dates each month as the recipient’s primary Old Age, Disability or War Veteran’s Grant
- Appears as an R500 top-up to the main grant amount
- Collected during the 5-day payment cycle along with the primary grant
- Recipients must collect both grant amounts within 5 working days
- Unclaimed top-ups are not carried over or back-paid the next month
Duration of the Grant-in-Aid
- The R500 top-up is re-evaluated each year when the primary grant is renewed
- Updated doctor’s assessments must be supplied confirming the ongoing need for full-time care
- Automatically terminates if the primary grant is suspended or terminated for any reason
- Lapses if the recipient no longer requires permanent attendance based on the doctor’s report
Reporting Grant-in-Aid Issues
Recipients should report any issues with the supplementary grant to SASSA without delay:
- Visit the nearest SASSA office and speak to an agent
- Call the SASSA call center helpline for assistance
- Log a query or complaint online via the SASSA Services portal
- Follow up if top-up payments are late, delayed, or missed
- Report suspected fraud related to the Grant-in-Aid
Promptly notifying SASSA of any issues allows them to investigate and resolve problems quickly.
Grant-in-Aid Fraud Consequences
It is illegal to provide false details when applying for a supplementary grant or to accept grants unethically. The consequences of grant-in-aid fraud include:
- Fines and/or imprisonment up to 12 months
- Having to repay all funds unduly received
- Being barred from receiving grants for 10 years
- A criminal record that negatively impacts job applications
- Prosecution under the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act
Recipients should take extreme care to provide accurate information to avoid facing criminal penalties.
FAQs about SASSA Grant-in-Aid
How long does it take to process a Grant-in-Aid application?
Expect a processing time of roughly 13 weeks from successful application to the addition of the R500 top-up.
What if my application was rejected?
If your application was denied, lodge an appeal within 90 days providing updated doctor assessments and other documents proving your eligibility.
What if the disability improves and I no longer need full-time care?
Notify SASSA immediately with new doctors’ reports so the top-up can be terminated appropriately at the next renewal.
What happens if my primary grant payment is delayed?
The Grant-in-Aid top-up can only be paid along with your main grant. Follow up with SASSA if both grant amounts are late.
If I change my primary grant payment method, what happens to the top-up?
The R500 will automatically be paid in the same way as your newly chosen payment method for receiving your main grant.
The Grant-in-Aid provides essential additional funds for social grant recipients requiring full-time care. To access this vital top-up, carefully follow the steps to apply, it will certainly make your life a little easier if you got benefit from this initiative.