R350 Grant

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R350 Grant

R350 Grant has become a lifeline for a lot of people since its inception. As a stop gap measure, it wasn’t meant to last forever. In the May 2020 it was birthed and in April 2021 the R350 scheme officially came to an end. Even though it was meant to end, it didn’t technically. This is because some people are still in need, and COVID-19 hasn’t been eradicated yet.

What the grant gives is a payment of R350 every month. People who receive this must be not less than 18 years and not more than 60 years.

Other Grants aside R350 Grant

Aside the R350 Grant, what you must know is the South African government has some other programs that can also help you. Some of the initiatives that you can take advantage of are the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI). Another one is the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA).

These provide entrepreneurial assistance to up and coming businesses.

What is R350 Grant

In short, the R350 is a short-term measure implemented by the South African government. It is managed by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). Its main aim is to offer assistance to people who are finding it difficult to make ends meet as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a stipend of R350 each month to beneficiaries, this grant has been a life saver for many. In this article, we will provide the needed information that will equip you on how to access the SASSA R350 grant.

Eligibility Criteria for R350 Grant Application

Just like every other grant or fund, you must be certain that you qualify before you apply. Once you check for what is needed for eligibility and you are sure you qualify, you can start your application. Here is a shortlist of the requirements for the R350 Grant. You must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a permanent resident in South Africa, or must be a citizen of South Africa.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You should be earning less that the minimum wage or have no source of income or financial support
  • You should not be on any other grant or any other form of social or unemployment insurance
  • You should not have applied for or received the SASSA R350 grant before
  • Once you meet all of the requirements listed, you can continue with your application process.

How to Apply for the Grant Online

Follow the instructions below to apply for the SASSA R350 grant online:

  • First open the official site of the SASSA online:
  • Look for the “R350 grant” link on the homepage and click on it.
  • If this is the first time you are applying for the grant, you will have to register first.
  • You register by supplying some details about yourself: These include your name, your ID number, your telephone number and your residential address
  • After registration, an SMS will be sent to your number with your username and password.
  • Now, with the username and password given you, you can now log into your account
  • Go ahead and fill in the application form now by supplying the requested information such as your personal details, your bank details, and contact information.
  • Upon completing the form online, click on the “submit” button
  • Waiting patiently for a confirmation message

You can always check the status of your application by logging in to your account and clicking on the “check status” button.

To apply via WhatsApp, follow these instructions:

  • First, save the SASSA WhatsApp number (082 046 8553) to your contacts
  • Then, send a message to the number that says “Hi” or “Hello”
  • Once you do, you will receive a prompt for your application
  • Follow this prompt to complete your application
  • Now, give your banking details where you can receive your assistance.
  • If you don’t have a bank account, select “cash payment option”

After you submit your application, you will receive a reference number via WhatsApp that you can use to check the status of your application.

To apply via USSD;

Dial 1347737# from your phone, you will receive prompts and you have to follow these prompts to finish up your application process.

Tips for a Successful  R350 Grant Application

Be certain that you qualify before you put in your application
Ensure that all the needed documents requested are set before you begin your application process
When you are done, cross check the information you have provided to be sure everything is the way you want it before you submit
Since you will be receiving information on the status of your application from your phone, make sure you always have your phone on

Conclusion

The R350 Grant even though officially supposed to have ended, is still helping many people. Technically, it is still available because many people who were affected by the COVID-19 have not yet regained their former status before the COVD. This makes it a relevant grant that should still be available for permanent residents and South African citizens. After checking through all the eligibility criteria here, you can apply if you qualify.