How To Apply For Distress Grant Of R350

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How To Apply For Distress Grant Of R350

Apply For Distress Grant Of R350

The Distress Grant of R350 is a financial assistance program offered by the South African government to provide temporary relief to individuals facing financial distress. The grant was initially implemented as a temporary measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has since been extended to help individuals facing ongoing financial difficulties.

Applying for the Distress Grant of R350 involves following a designated application procedure. In this guide, we will break down each step, ensuring that you have all the information needed to navigate the application process smoothly.

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How To Apply For Distress Grant Of R350

Applicants must read, agree to, and sign the statement and consent forms when applying for a Sassa Grant. To apply for Sassa, follow the six easy steps outlined below.

STEP 1: Choose An Application Method

Apply via WhatsApp:

  • Send a message via WhatsApp to 082 046 8553
  • Provide your personal details
  • You will receive a Reference number, an OTP and a link to click
  • Click on the provided link, fill in your OTP and verify your account
  • Fill in your surname and ID number
  • Confirm the personal details that you provided via the WhatsApp chat

Apply via SRD Website:

  • In your internet browser, visit the SRD Website(if you are a Refugee, Asylum Seeker or Special Permit Holders, find out how to apply here)
  • Fill in your mobile number and ID number and click “send SMS”
  • You will receive a 6-digit OTP via SMS
  • Insert the OTP number on the SRD website and click “verify pin”

Using the SASSA Chatbot:

  • In your internet browser, visit the SASSA Website
  • Click on the SRD R350 Grant assistance chatbox (the orange box on the side of the screen)
  • Fill in your ID number and mobile number
  • On the chat, choose the option to apply for the SRD R350 grant
  • Click on the SRD website link provided by the SASSA Chatbot
  • Follow the SRD website steps

To Apply In-Person;

  • Visit a SASSA office close to you
  • Completed the SASSA application form in the presence of a SASSA officer
  • After completing the application form completely, you will be given a dated stamped receipt that includes the name of the SASSA official who aided you with your application.
  • keep your receipt as proof of application

STEP 2: Agree To The T& C’s

  • Read and agree to the Declaration and Consent terms.
  • Read and accept the terms of the You and Your Special COVID-19 SRD Grant paper.

STEP 3: Provide Required InformationAnd Documentation

All applicants must provide the below information to complete the application process.

  • ID Number
  • Full Name and Surname (as printed on your ID Document/ ID Card)
  • Gender
  • Physical Address
  • Contact Information (mobile number, email address)

STEP 4: Choose Your Payment Method

Applicants would have to choose from the various Sassa payment methods designed for all applicants. Provided below are some payment methods of Sassa that applicants may have to choose from;

New applicants with a personal bank account, must provide the following information for payment:

  • Your Bank Name
  • Your Account Number
  • Your Branch Name
  • Your Account Type
  • Agree to the Terms and Conditions
  • Submit your Banking Details

New applicants without a personal bank account, must provide the following information for payment:

  • Choose Payment option – Cash Send
  • Agree to Terms and Conditions
  • Submit Banking Details
  • Existing applicants with a personal bank account, confirm the following information for payment:
  • Confirm Existing Personal Banking Details
  • Agree to Terms and Conditions
  • Click Submit

Existing applicants with the cash option, who would like to change to the bank payment option, provide the following information for payment:

  • Your Bank Name
  • Your Account Number
  • Your Branch Name
  • Your Account Type
  • Agree to the Terms and Conditions
  • Submit your Banking Details

STEP 5&6: Verification

Applicants will get an SMS with their banking information, indicating that The SRD R350 Grant application is now active.

SASSA compares your personal information (ID number, name, and surname) to a Department of Home Affairs database, as well as your ID number to recognised databases such as UIF, SARS, and NSFAS. Fraud risk scoring is carried out in partnership with fraud prevention partners, and your ID number and mobile number are cross-checked against known databases. The application procedure is then completed when your application is either granted or declined with a reason.

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Distress Grant Of R350 Eligibility Requirements

To apply for the R350 Grant, you must fulfil the grant’s qualifying conditions. It is critical that you satisfy these standards in order to be eligible for the grant. The following are the general qualifying requirements:

  • You must reside in South Africa
  • You must meet any 1 of these criteria:
    1. You must be a South African Citizen
    2. You must be a Refugee in South Africa
    3. You must be an Asylum Seeker in South Africa with a valid Section 22 permit or visa
    4. You must be a Special Permit Holder in South Africa (under the Special Angolan Dispensation, the Lesotho Exemption Permit Dispensation or the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Dispensation)
  • You must be between 18 and 60 years old
  • You must meet the means test, with an income of R624 or less per month
  • You must be unemployed and NOT be receiving financial support from any other source
  • You must have insufficient financial means to support yourself
  • You must NOT be receiving any other social grants for yourself
  • You must NOT be contributing towards or eligible for UIF payment
  • You must NOT unreasonably refuse to accept employment or educational opportunities
  • You must NOT be receiving a stipend from NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme)

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Distress Grant Of R350 Payment Method

SASSA typically pays beneficiaries in the first week of each month. Initially, Sassa pays the Older Persons award, then the Disability Grant, and finally other award categories (Child Support Grant, Foster Child Grant, Care Dependency Grant, War Veterans Grant).

SASSA does not pay the SRD grant on the same day every month; the payment date is determined by when your applications are processed and vary from month to month.

Grants are paid in any of these 2 methods, depending on the recipient’s choice:

  • Into the recipients’ personal bank account
  • collected at specific retail outlets (Pick n Pay, Boxer, Checkers, Shoprite, USave, and OK Food markets).

READ: How Do I Apply For Sassa Grant R350 2024

SASSA Grants Contact Details

For any further queries, please contact SASSA directly:

SASSA will evaluate your application and determine your eligibility for the Unemployment Grant when you submit it. Because processing times might vary, it is critical to remain patient. SASSA will notify you of the outcome of your application via the contact information you provided on your application form.

For more information visit the official website of Sassa.


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