How to Apply for the SASSA R350 Grant?

The Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD Grant) is a popular financial assistance program in South Africa. Seemingly, it ensures helping people who are facing financial difficulties and who are struggling to fulfill their basic needs.

Indeed, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is a government agency responsible for providing the SRD Grant to people in need.

Accordingly, this article will provide you with a complete guide to apply for the SASSA R350 SRD Grant. In addition, we will also assist you with the measures to take if your application is rejected.

Eligibility Criteria To Apply For The SASSA SRD Grant

It is essential to have a look at and understand the eligibility criteria of SASSA SRD Grant to ensure that you are an eligible applicant. The eligibility criteria are;

  • You must be either a South African citizen, a recognized Refugee in South Africa, an Asylum Seeker in South Africa having a valid Section 22 permit or visa, or a South African resident who holds a special permit.
  • You must be a permanent resident of South Africa.
  • Your age must be between 18 and 60.
  • Your monthly income should be equal to or less than R624.
  • You should not be getting any other type of government social grant.
  • You must not own any sufficient assets and any source of income to pass the R350 means test.
  • You should not be related to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) by any means.
  • You must have a South Africa ID Number or Green ID Book.

Essential Information and Documents Required to Apply for SRD R350 Grant

Once after confirming your eligibility to apply for the SASSA Grant, here are a few information and documents that you must submit to SASSA. They are;

  • In case you are a South African citizen, then you must provide your 13-digit bar-coded South African ID. On the other hand, Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Special Permit Holders must provide their passport number or special permit number.
  • Your full name, surname, date of birth, and gender must be similar on all of your documents.
  • A valid phone number registered in your name must be provided for further contacting purposes.
  • Proof of your residential address and a supporting document to validate it.
  • Recent Bank statement that states your income and spending report.
  • If you have been unemployed recently, then you must have proof of your unemployment status such as an Experience Certificate.

Make sure to collect all these documents before applying for the SASSA Grant. In addition, the requirements may also change, so do check the official SASSA website for the latest information.

How to Apply for the SASSA R350 Grant?

Indeed, a smartphone, computer, or laptop with an active internet connection is mandatory to complete the application process. Ensure that you fulfill the requirements and proceed with the below steps.

#1. Choosing the Application Platform

Seemingly, you can apply for the SASSA Grant via three platforms such as the SRD Website, WhatsApp, and the SASSA Chatbot.

Apply Online Through the SASSA SRD Website

  • Initially, go to the official website of SASSA and find the “How do I apply for this SRD Grant” section.
  • Following that, click the “click here to apply online” button.
  • Enter your active Mobile number and click the ‘Send SMS’ button.
  • Further, enter the OTP received on your smartphone and click ‘Verify Pin’.
  • Now, proceed with the #2 step below.

Apply Through WhatsApp

  • Firstly, you have to save this SRD phone number “082 046 8553” to your contacts.
  • Launch the WhatsApp App and refresh the contacts.
  • Click the Create a New Chat option and choose the SRD phone number from the contacts.
  • Now, send a message in the chat and provide the personal information asked for.
  • Further, you will be provided with an OTP code, a reference number, and the SRD website link in the chat.
  • Click the link, enter the received OTP, and click the Verify button.
  • Following that, enter your surname, and ID number, and confirm the details.
  • Proceed with the #2 step below.

Apply Through the SASSA Chatbot

  • Visit the official SASSA website on your smartphone or laptop.
  • Click the “SRD R350 Grant Assistance” chatbot located in the bottom right corner.
  • Enter your ID number and phone number in the chat box.
  • Choose the “I want to apply for SRD R350 grant” option from the provided list of options.
  • Further, you will get the application link to the SRD website in the chat.
  • Click the link and proceed with the #2 step below.

#2. Agree to the Terms & Conditions

Once you get into the application form, initially, you will be asked to accept the Terms and Conditions of consent and declaration.

So, make sure to read, understand, accept the terms and conditions, and proceed with the next step.

#3. Fill Out Your Personal Information

After accepting the Terms and Conditions, you will need to enter the following information on the application.

  • Your Identity Document (ID) Number
  • Full Name and Surname as in the official documents
  • Gender
  • Residential Address
  • Contact Details including Phone number and email
  • Your employment and financial information

Indeed, the requirements of information may vary when you are applying for SASSA.

#4. Select Your Preferred Payment Method (Banking Details)

Providing a valid and active bank account is essential to receive payments from SASSA regularly. If you are a new applicant then, you have to provide your

  • Bank Name
  • Account Number without any mistakes
  • Branch Name
  • Exact Account Type
  • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions
  • Submit the form

The above process is also similar to the existing applicants who wish to change their bank details. If you are not changing the bank details, then the applicants can choose the existing bank details and submit the form. Ensure to provide a bank account in your name, as SASSA won’t pay the payments to different accounts.

#5. Confirmation Message

You will receive a Confirmation Message to your registered phone number on your successful submission of the SASSA application. Indeed, the confirmation message indicates the active status of your application.

#6. SASSA Verification Process

You have successfully completed your part of the application process. Now, your details will be transferred to SASSA and they will start verifying your documents. It includes,

  • Verification of your ID number, name, surname, and other personal details.
  • Your employment and financial information.
  • A fraud risk assessment will be done for your mobile number and ID number.

Once after submitting your application, you can check your SASSA Application Status online to check whether your application is active or declined.

Check this article if you wish to cancel your R350 grant application due to various reasons.

Final Note

This is how you can apply for the SASSA R350 SRD Grant. Indeed, apply for SASSA only if you are really in need of financial support, and make sure to have original and updated documents in case of applying for the SRD grant.