How Much Must You Earn to Qualify for SASSA Grants?

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) provides various grants to support individuals and families in need. However, these grants are not for everyone. There is a certain income criterion for getting them. Many people do not know of each specific grant. They might even be able to get them, but they don’t.

Let me tell you about various SASSA grants, from child support to old age grants. Each grant has its application criteria that differ from those of the others.

If you are suffering financially and want to know which grants you can get based on your earnings, read this article. Depending on your earnings, it will tell you which SASSA grants you might qualify for.

Overview of the SASSA Grants and Income Thresholds

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) provides financial support to disadvantaged persons and households unable to afford necessities. SASSA has implemented income criteria to guarantee that grants are allocated to the most deserving recipients. These thresholds vary depending on the type of grant and the applicant’s circumstances. Let’s learn them in detail.

Income Requirements for Different SASSA Grants

SASSA grants provide crucial financial assistance to eligible South Africans in need. Each grant has its own set of income requirements and criteria. Understanding these thresholds can help you determine which grants you may qualify for. Let’s explore the income requirements for specific SASSA grants in more detail.

Income Requirements for Different SASSA Grants

Social Relief of Distress (SRD) R350 Grant

The SRD R350 Grant is a temporary grant aimed at providing relief to individuals who cannot meet their basic needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To qualify for this grant, applicants must have no income or earn less than R624 monthly.

SASSA Child Support Grant

The Child Support Grant is available to primary caregivers of children under 18. To be eligible, the primary caregiver must earn less than R48,000 per year (R4,000 per month) if single or less than R96,000 per year (R8,000 per month) if married.

SASSA Foster Child Grant

The Foster Child Grant is provided to foster parents who have legally fostered a child. There is no means test for this grant, meaning that the foster parent’s income does not affect eligibility.

Care Dependency Grant

Parents or main caregivers of severely disabled children needing constant attention can apply for the Care Dependency Grant. To qualify, the applicant’s income must not exceed R249,600 per year (R20,800 per month) if single or R499,200 per year (R41,600 per month) if married.


The Grant-in-Aid is an additional grant for individuals who are already receiving an Old Age Grant or Disability Grant and require regular care from another person. This grant has the following income requirements: 

If you are single and earning less than R8 070 per month. On the other hand, if you are married, you should not earn more than R16 140 per month to qualify for this grant.

Old Age Grant

The Old Age Grant is available to individuals aged 60 or older. To qualify, the applicant’s income must not exceed R96,840 per year (R8,070 per month) if single or R193,680 per year (R16,140 per month) if married.

SASSA Disability Grant

People with mental or physical impairments that prevent working can qualify for the Disability Grant. To be eligible, the applicant’s income must not exceed R 96,840 per year (R 8070 per month) if single or R193,680 per year (R 16,140 per month) if married.

War Veterans Grant

The War Veterans Grant is available to individuals who served in World War II or the Korean War. To qualify, the applicant’s income must not exceed R86,280 per year (R7,190 per month) if single or R172,560 per year (R14,380 per month) if married.

Income Criteria for Qualifying for SASSA Grants

To assess qualification for SASSA grants, applicants must comprehend the method used to determine income thresholds. SASSA considers various sources of income, including salaries, wages, pensions, and other grants. If an applicant’s total income exceeds the specified threshold for a particular grant, they will not qualify. Income limits may be periodically revised, so applicants should frequently verify the latest details on the SASSA website or by contacting their nearest SASSA branch.

Final Verdict

SASSA grants offer vital assistance to South Africa’s underprivileged individuals and households. By understanding the income requirements for each grant, potential applicants can determine their eligibility and access the assistance they need. Those who think they may be eligible for an SASSA grant can apply by going to their nearby SASSA office or using the online application portal on the SASSA website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will not be eligible for the grant if your income exceeds the threshold, even by a small amount.

Applicants who fulfill the qualification requirements for several grants may submit applications for all of them. However, the combined income from all grants must not exceed the specified thresholds.

SASSA periodically reviews grant eligibility to ensure recipients meet the income requirements. Applicants must notify SASSA of any alterations in their situation that could impact their grant eligibility.

SASSA Contact Information

For more information or assistance with SASSA grants, you can contact SASSA through the following channels:

You can also visit your local SASSA office for in-person assistance. To find the nearest office, use the SASSA office locator on their website or contact the toll-free number for guidance.

Reviewed by Thabo Mashaba
Fact Check by Pumi Dlamini

Jabulani Zondo

Jabulani Zondo, with more than 7 years of research and writing experience, serves as the Head of Research. He joined our team in 2017 and has since led a team of 12 researchers and writers dedicated to offering precise and comprehensive insights into SASSA grants. Jabulani’s meticulous attention to detail and his commitment to aiding others in understanding the grant process have proven indispensable. He meticulously reviews all content to guarantee that readers access the latest and most valuable information. Under his guidance, our research team maintains its reputation as a leader in SASSA grant analysis and reporting.