The SASSA Care Dependency or Caregiver grant is a financial assistance program offered by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to assist families who have a child with a temporary or permanent disability and need full-time care at home. The SASSA Care Dependency Grant extends its eligibility beyond biological parents to include foster parents and primary caregivers. To qualify, the child must meet specific criteria, such as being under 18 years of age, having a severe disability, and not receiving any other form of grant or assistance from SASSA caretaker institutions. Almost 600,000 children are living with disability in South Africa and this grant serves as a vital support system for families facing the challenges of caring for children with disabilities and providing much-needed financial assistance to those in need.

This article provides a comprehensive overview of the SASSA Care Dependency Grant and Caregiver Grant, covering key aspects such as eligibility criteria, the application process, submission locations, and other pertinent details. By addressing these essential components, readers gain a thorough understanding of the procedures and requirements associated with these crucial social welfare programs in South Africa.

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Grant NameSASSA Care Dependency Grant
Who is eligible?Child under 18 years old, South African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee living in South Africa
ApplicantSouth African citizen, permanent resident, or refugee living in South Africa
Grant AmountR510 per month
DocumentsMandatory: Proof of child’s disability, ID card (applicant), Birth certificate and child ID number, Proof of income (for non-exempt applicants)
StepsVisit the nearest SASSA office, Fill out the application form, Submit the application and documents
Processing TimeUsually 3 months, but can vary
Appeal ProcessSubmit an appeal within 90 days of rejection online or at the SASSA office.

Who Qualifies For A Care Dependency Grant?

If you are applying for the Care Dependency Grant in South Africa you must fulfill the criteria listed below. The eligibility criteria are different for the applicant and child. Here I have listed the criteria for both the applicant and the child:

Eligibility Criteria For Child:

Residency: The children and their caregivers must be citizens, residence permit holders, or refugees in South Africa. Moreover, the children and the caregivers are living in South Africa.

Child’s Disability: The children must have a severe permanent or temporary disability that necessitates full-time care and supervision.

Age Of The Child: According to the South African Government and SASSA the children who are applying for the care dependency grant must be under a certain age limit. The age limit for the SASSA care dependency grant is 18 years old.

Require Full-Time Care: The children must require full-time care at home and not be residing in any state institution.

SASSA Care Dependency Grant. Who Qualifies? and How to apply

Eligibility Criteria For Applicant:

Residency:  The applicants who are applying to the SASSA Care Dependency grant must be citizens or residency holders in South Africa.

Relationship With Child: Only the biological parent’s legally appointed primary caregiver, or court-appointed foster parent can apply for the grant.

Meet The Means Test Requirements: The SASSA gives the care dependency grant to applicants who meet certain financial criteria. To receive the grant amount the combined income not exceed R249,600 for single applicants or R446,400 for married couples).

Not Receiving Any Other Grant: To be eligible for the SASSA Care Dependency Grant, you must not be receiving any other grant from SASSA, such as the R350 grant or the old age grant. If you’re applying for the care dependency grant, you cannot simultaneously receive any other grants offered by SASSA.

Read Also: How To Cancel SASSA R350 Grant Application Online

How Much Is The SASSA Child Grant Amount?

The SASSA child grant amount increased to R510 in February 2024. This amount is made up of two components:

R500: This is the base grant amount. 

R250: This is an additional top-up amount.

How Much Is SASSA Child Grant First Payment?

The SASSA child grant first payment depends on various factors like when you applied for the grant. If you applied for the grant in January and the application was approved in March then you will receive the all previous month’s grants from the the date you applied. In this case, you will receive R510 x 3 = R1530 grant.

Required Documents While Applying For Care Dependency Grant:

Some documents are mandatory and others are optional. To make the process easier I have listed all the required and optional docs separately:

Mandatory Docs:

Proof of Child Disability: The most important document that SASSA needs is the proof of child disability. Book an appointment with the doctor (assigned by the SASSA) in the nearest hospital to get a medical examination of the child. The doctor confirms whether your child is disabled and requires full-time care at home.

ID Card: As I have discussed earlier the SASSA gives the grant only to the citizens, resident permit holders, and asylum seekers. To apply for the grant you need to attach the legal identification documents with the application.

Birth Certificate and Child Identity Number: The birth certificate with the child identity number is also a required document, it will prove the age of your child as well as the identification. If you have recently applied for the birth certificate and haven’t received it yet just attach the temporary identity form photocopy with the care dependency application. In case, you are not ready yet to apply for the birth certificate go to your nearest oath commissioner office fill out the affidavit, and legalize it from the oath commissioner.

Proof of income for you and your spouse (if applicable): Evidence of income can consist of documents such as pay slips, bank statements from the last three months, or pension slips (if you are a SASSA pensioner). Make sure that your combined income does not exceed R249,600 if single.

Note: Foster parents and refugees are exempt from submitting proof of income when applying for the grant, as SASSA provides an exemption for these categories.

Supporting Or Optional Docs For SASSA Care Dependency Grant:

To increase the chances of the SASSA care dependency grant I highly recommend you attach the supporting documents with the application to make your case more strong. Here, I have listed the optional documents for the SASSA Care dependency grant.

Proof of Marital Status: Provide the marriage, divorce, or death certificate (If applicable) to the SASSA.

School certificate: Although the children’s school certificate is not a mandatory document it will help the SASSA about the age and disability of the child.

Proof of primary caregivers: If you are not the biological parent of the child then submit the proof of primary caregiver. You can make the primary caregiver’s certificate from the nearest police station, an affidavit from the biological parents, or a certificate from the school.

Proof of application for missing documents: If some of your mandatory documents are missing then submit the proof of application for missing documents. Like if you have applied for the child’s birth certificate providing proof of your application can help the SASSA that you are trying to get the missing documents.

How To Apply For SASSA Caregiver And Disability Grant For Child | Application Process

Once you have gathered all the required and supporting documents the next step is to apply for the application. Unlike the other SASSA grants you can’t apply for the caregiver grant online. Although the application form for the SASSA care dependency grant is available online you need to fill the form in front of a SASSA officer in the nearest SASSA office. Here is the breakdown of the procedure to apply for the caretaker grant for the child.

  1. Visit the nearest SASSA office: Locate the nearest SASSA office and go there in the office timings with all documents. Ask the SASSA officer if you want to apply for the SASSA care dependency grant.
  2. Fill out the Application: Now fill out the application and write all the details correctly in the representative fields. If you don’t know how to fill out the application just ask the SASSA officer and they will help you in this matter.
  3. Submit the Application: Once, you have completed the application form now it’s time to submit it to the SASSA office. Attach all the mandatory and supporting documents with the application form and submit it to the officer at the SASSA branch. Retrieve the proof of your submitted application from the officer and store it in a safe place. This document will be valuable for tracking your application soon.

Processing Time For The Application Of The SASSA Care Dependency Grant:

Generally, the processing time for the application of the SASSA Care Dependency and Caregiver Grant is 3 months. However, it depends on certain factors such as the current workload on SASSA, the verification process, and the number of applications received by SASSA related to the care dependency grant.

How To Check SASSA Care Dependency Grant Status?

Once you apply the next step is to track the caretaker grant whether it is approved or not. There are different methods to check the SASSA care dependency grant status, you can the status of your application by using the Sassa status check form on our website or by using the Moya app if you don’t have internet data. SASSA also gives WhatsApp service to the care dependency grant applicants to track the grant application

Appeal For The SASSA Care Dependency Grant:

In case your SASSA care dependency grant is not approved you can submit an appeal within 90 days of the rejection date. Before submitting an appeal first you need to know why your application has been rejected. Generally, the SASSA gives a notice as to why they have rejected your application. There are two primary ways to submit the appeal. Here, I have discussed both:

Online Way to Appeal: Although you can’t submit the SASSA care dependency application online you can submit the appeal online. 

1: Go to the official website: Open the official website of SASSA and locate the appeal section.

2: Enter your credentials: Provide your credentials such as your application PIN and the phone number that you have used to submit the application first time. In case you have changed your phone number you also need to update the phone number on the SASSA application.

3: Month for Appealing: Select the month you are appealing for. 

4: Explain that Reason: Provide a clear explanation of why you believe you are eligible for the grant.

5: Submit The Application: Now, submit the application for the appeal.

SASSA Care Dependency Grant Suspension Reasons:

The Sassa can cancel your grant application due to many reasons. Here, I have listed the most common reasons behind the SASSA caretaker grant application. 

Incomplete Application: Most of the SASSA caretaker grant applications apply in a hurry with incomplete information.

Ineligibility: The applicant of the care dependency grant doesn’t meet the eligibility criteria such as medical requirements and income threshold.

Duplicate Application: Another common reason for the SASSA care dependency grant rejection is the duplicate application. Most of the people submit two applications at the same time. 

Changes in circumstances:

1: Financial: If your financial income has been increased from the eligibility threshold SASSA will reject your grant.

2: Medical: If the medical condition of your child has been changed and there is no need to give him full-time care at home SASSA will suspend your application.

Due to False information: During the application processing period if SASSA finds that some of your provided documents misleading they will reject the application.

Reasons for Lapsing And Expiration of the Care Dependency Grant:

Although there is no specific expiration date of the SASSA care dependency grant some circumstances can cause the grant to lapse or no longer be paid.

Age Limit: As you know the child care dependency grant is available to only children with the age limit of 18. If your child reaches 18 years old SASSA will stop you from granting the amount.

A child is admitted to a state institution: If your child has been admitted to a state department where he is receiving full-time care SASSA will lapse the grant.

Not Claiming the Grant:  Most of the beneficiaries don’t know that if the caretaker does not claim the grant for three consecutive months SASSA will terminate and lapse your grant.

Responsibilities Of The SASSA Care Dependency Beneficiaries:

Beneficiaries of the SASSA Care dependency grant have few responsibilities to ensure continued eligibility. 

Update the latest information regarding funds:  Update the SASSA team about your financial circumstances regularly. SASSA needs to confirm whether your financial condition has been changed or not.

Provide Missing and Required Documents: SASSA can ask you to provide the updated documents related to the current foster parent, the condition of the child, and some other required docs.

Visit the Nearest health care when needed: Visit the appointed SASSA health care office when requested to get the updated report regarding the child’s health.

Frequently Asked Questions:

If SASSA is not paying the child grant amount it means that your application has not been approved yet. Please, check your SASSA child grant application status first to get the latest information regarding your application. You can submit an appeal to SASSA if your application has been rejected.

The child grant for March 2024 is not only being paid. But the SASSA will start the payment very soon. To get the latest information about the SASSA payment dates visit the page.


In conclusion, if you have a child with a severe permanent or temporary disability I suggest you apply for the SASSA care dependency grant. Always provide complete and accurate information otherwise SASSA will reject the application. 

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