Types of SASSA Grants

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offers different types of SASSA grants for people with financial problems. According to the SASSA, 26 million people getting the funds from different grants. Each of the grants has its eligibility criteria.

SASSA offers financial assistance to the unemployed, disabled, children, old aged, and other deserving and needy people. The main aim of the SASSA is to help poor people to fulfill their basic needs.

Before applying to the SASSA grant, check out its eligibility criteria to determine whether it’s the right grant for you. If you live in South Africa, like one of my friends, you must check all SASSA grants and apply for the one you think is eligible.

The types of social grants in South Africa will help the needy people to support the individuals and families accordingly. Everyone needs to understand the types of grants to receive financial support from the SASSA.

These grants are old age grants, disability grants, child support grants, foster child grants, SRD grants, and more. Each grant is designed for the specific purpose of fulfilling the needs of the beneficiaries. Let’s dive into the types of grants in South Africa so you can benefit from anyone accordingly.

Types of SASSA Grants

Different types of SASSA grants provide financial support to individuals and families facing financial challenges. To be part of one grant, you must pass the screening test. You will receive the grant payment every month. 

To qualify for the social grants, you must be a permanent resident of South Africa or a refugee. Let’s dive into the types of grants offered by SASSA.


The Social Relief of Distress grant (SRD) is a temporary grant which is started during the pandemic of Covid-19 due to crises in emergencies. In the pandemic situation in South Africa, most people lost their jobs.

The SRD grant is specially for the unemployed citizens of South Africa. 

  • Temporary Assistance: It’s a temporary grant for the needy and deserving people during pandemics, crises, and emergencies.
  • Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility criteria for the SRD grant are based on specific criteria such as unemployed, unable to work, income threshold, and other factors.
  • Application Process: If you think you are eligible for an SRD grant, you can submit an SRD grant application online and offline via the post office.
  • Monthly Stipend: The SRD grant amount is R350, which will help you to complete the basic needs of your life.

Older Persons Grant

The SASSA old age grant offers extra care and old age home resident facilities. You should pass the SASSA means test to qualify for this grant.

  • Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for the older grant, you must be 60 years old or above. 
  • Monthly Stipend: If you are the approved beneficiary of the old age grant, you will receive a monthly stipend of R2090 from the SASSA. If you wish to live in an old age home, you can shift to the nearest one providing extra care and medical support.
  • Application Process: If you think you are eligible for the old age home grants, then you have to provide proof of age, and other personal information.

Care Dependency Grant

The Care Dependency Grant is especially for the disabled, mentally ill people who require special care. 

  • Eligibility Criteria: The children having severe disabilities or mental diseases. To qualify for this grant, proper medical reports and the condition of the children will be checked.
  • Application Process: The caregivers can apply for this grant online, but you must submit the medical report.
  • Monthly Stipend: The monthly stipend of the Care Dependency Grant is R2090.

Disability Grant

The disability grant is for the disabled person who is unable to work due to some disability. It’s temporary and permanent, depending on your disability. If, within one year, you didn’t recover from the disability and your grant has expired, then you can reapply for a disability grant.

  • Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for a disability grant, you must have a physical or mental disability. You have to show a medical certificate of your disability.
  • Application Process: While applying for the disability grant, you must submit the relevant documentation to your disability.
  • Monthly Stipend: The monthly stipend for the disability grant is R2090. If you face any fitness challenges being disabled, you will receive support from the grant.

Child Support Grant

The child grant support is for taking special care of children under 18. The caregivers or parents will receive financial support from this grant.

  • Eligibility Criteria: If, as a parent or caregiver, you are responsible for a child under 18, then you are eligible for this grant.
  • Application Process: To apply for the application, you must provide your personal details and child information.
  • Monthly Stipend: The monthly stipend for the child support grant is R510.

Foster Child Grant

If you are taking care of a child who is not yours and is under 18 years old and placed with a foster care child, according to the court, this is the Foster Care Grant—the Magistrates Court selection of the foster parent.

  • Eligibility Criteria: If the Foster Grant Child is available with the family according to the court order legal status. You have to show the legal documents as proof that you are the foster parents for this child.
  • Monthly Stipend: If you are the approved beneficiary of the Foster Child Grant, you will receive a monthly stipend of R1130.


If you are the one who can’t take care of yourself and you need someone to take care of you then you can apply for the Grant-In-Aid. This grant is for those individuals who are old age, disabled or need ongoing special care due to mental or physical disability.

  • Eligibility Criteria: If you have a special disability and can’t perform the task itself without taking the assistance of someone.
  • Medical Assessment: You must show the medical report that you need someone to assist you with your daily tasks.
  • Continuous Care and Support: You will receive ongoing support until you can do all of your tasks.
  • Monthly Stipend: The monthly payment of the Grant-In-Aid is R510.

War Veterans Grant

If you are a soldier who fought in the Second World War (1939-1945) or the Korean War (1950-1953) and is unable to support yourself, then the War Veterans Grant is for you.

  • Eligibility Criteria: The War Veterans Grant is available for those in the armed forces and disabled who can’t work. The individual age must be above then 60 years.
  • Monthly Stipend: The monthly payment for the War Veterans Grant is R2110.

Final Verdict

That was all about the different types of SASSA grants, and I hope now you have understood all of the grants. Now, applying for the one you think is eligible for is easy.

All the types of grants in South Africa provide financial support for the specific people who help you complete your basic life needs.

You may have read all the grant’s eligibility criteria. For what grant are you eligible? If you have already approved the beneficiary of SASSA, let us share your experience with our readers.


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