How ​​to Apply for R350 Grant

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The R350 grant is a social relief grant provided by the South African government to eligible individuals and households who are struggling to make ends meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The stipend is R350 per month and is paid for a period of six months.

Methods of Applying for R350 Grant

  1. Online

You can apply online through the SASSA website.

  1. SMS

You can send an SMS to 32543 with the word “SRD” and your identification number.

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  1. WhatsApp

You can send a WhatsApp message to (+27)082 046 8553 with the word “SRD” and your ID number. 

  1. Call center

You can call the SASSA call center on 0800 601 011.

How to Apply for the R350 Grant on WhatsApp

  1. Save the following number in your mobile (+27) 082 046 8553 or you can save it directly like this (+27)0820468553.
  1. Open WhatsApp and send a message to the number.
  1. Type “Sassa” in the message.
  1. When prompted, enter “SRD”.
  1. If you are registering yourself, enter “Yes”, then enter your ID number. 
  1. If you are applying for someone else, type “No”, then enter the ID number of the person you are applying for.
  1. The SASSA chatbot will then ask for your contact details and bank details (if you want the grant to be paid to your bank account).
  1. Once you have provided all the required information, the chatbot will submit your application.  
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How to Apply for R350 Grant on SMS

  1. Open your SMS messaging application.
  1. Enter the following

SRD identifier

For example, if your ID number was 7812345678, you would enter:

SRD 7812345678

  1. Send SMS to 32543

You will receive a confirmation SMS from SASSA once your application has been submitted. SASSA will process your request and notify you of the results. 

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How to Apply for the R350 Grant through Call Center 

  1. Call SASSA switchboard at 0800 601 011.
  1. Select option 1 for the R350 grant.
  1. Provide the following information to the operator:
  • Your identification number
  • Your contact details (phone number and email address)
  • Your bank details (if you want benefits paid to your bank account)
  • Proof of your income (if any)
  • Proof of your residency (if you have one)
  1. The operator will send your request.

You will receive a confirmation SMS from SASSA once your application has been submitted. SASSA will process your request and notify you of the results. 

Here are some important things to remember when applying for an R350 grant:

  1. You can only apply for the grant once. 
  2. You must be a citizen or permanent resident of South Africa.
  3. You must be 18 years or older.
  4. You must be unemployed or earning less than R350 per month.
  5. You are not entitled to any other social benefits.

If you have any questions about your R350 grant application, you can contact SASSA’s call center on (+27) 0800 601 011

FAQs

What is the eligibility criteria for the R350 grant?

To be eligible for the R350 grant, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a South African citizen or permanent resident.
  • You must be 18 years or older.
  • You must be unemployed or earning less than R350 per month.
  • You are not entitled to any other social benefits.
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How ​​do I apply for R350?

You can apply for R350 benefits using any of the following methods:

  • Online

You can apply online through the SASSA website. 

  • SMS

You can send SMS to 32543 with the word “SRD” and your identification number.

  • WhatsApp

You can send a WhatsApp message to 082 046 8553 with the word “SRD” and your ID number.

  • Call center

You can call the SASSA call center on 0800 601 011.

When will I receive my R350 grant?

If your application is approved, you will begin receiving benefits within 10 business days.

What if I am denied R350?

If you are denied an R350, you will be notified of the reason for the refusal. You can appeal the decision by contacting the SASSA call center.

How ​​can I check the status of my R350 application?

You can check the status of your R350 application online through the SASSA website or by calling the SASSA call center.

What documents do I need to apply for R350?

The documents you need to apply for R350 will depend on your individual circumstances. However, you may need to provide the following documents:

  • Your identification number
  • Proof of income 
  • Proof of residency (if you have one)

What are R350 subsidy related scams?

There are several scams related to the R350 subsidy. Be aware of the following scams:

  • People posing as SASSA officials and asking for your personal information. 
  • People who ask you to pay a fee to apply for benefits.
  • People who ask you for your bank details.  

Conclusion

The R350 grant is a social relief of distress grant that is being provided by the South African government to eligible individuals and households who are struggling to make ends meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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