The Government of South Africa has taken responsibility for those people who are mentally or physically disabled and cannot earn for themselves. The SASSA aid program for them is called Grant In Aid (GIA), as it focuses on certain people who cannot function normally in society.
GIA provides a maximum amount of money monthly to deserving people and functions under the Ministry of Welfare.
GIA has specific criteria for the participants; if you are about to subscribe to this program, you should carefully read its eligibility criteria. Anyhow, the program is widely subscribed to by all the people who cannot go out for bread and butter.
What is Grant-In-Aid by SASSA?
Let’s break down all the features and explore each Grant In Aid SASSA program dimension.
Grant In Aid (GIA) is for those who cannot work independently because of mental or physical disability. GIA has proper criteria for participation; if you do not fall within its standards but are deserving, you will be unable to get the grant. Here, the question arises: what are the eligibility criteria of the GIA, and how much does it pay to the participants?
GIA is under the SASSA; hence, it regulates the funds according to the policy of the SASSA. Each GIA participant receives R500 per month, which increases with time. For example, in October, the participants will receive R510 per month and later R520.
But not every disabled or mentally not average person applies for the GIA as it is for certain people with conditions. The department has regulated a few laws, and if someone violates those laws, he may face legal proceedings. Anyhow, here are the eligibility criteria you should follow before applying.
GIA Eligibility Criteria
- The applicant must receive any of the following grants:!
- If the applicant cannot self-care because of a mental or physical disability, he will be eligible.
- If the medical report confirms that the participant is mentally or physically unable to work, he will be eligible to get funds.
- The applicant must not receive care in a state institution.
Here, you should also note that the eligibility criteria change with the passage of time to maintain transparency. Therefore, you should check out the recent criteria of the SASSA GIA program. Another point is, that you should provide the medical reports of the institute GIA recommends, it does not accept anonymous institution reports.
How to Apply for the GIA SASSA Programme?
There is no other way to apply for the GIA except by visiting the office in person or sending someone on your behalf. You can apply for the funds within a few seconds if you know the entire procedure. But if you are about to subscribe for the first time, you should see the steps I have mentioned below to apply for Grant In Aid.
You should visit the office with all the required documents, such as the medical report, national card, and bank slips of previous income sources. Fill out the form in the officer’s appearance and ensure you provide accurate information. Remember that if the information does not match the facts, the department may take legal action against you.
If you are not an old person grant or war veteran grant receiver, then apply for them first. Provide all required documents; your medical report should not be over three months. If a participant cannot visit the office because of a disability, then a family member or a close one can go on his behalf to apply for funds.
Once you have provided all the details and documents, the officer will verify via the biometric method. Provide fingerprints and relevant information about the participant and his problem. The department will give you a receipt; the participant should keep it safe as it proves he is part of the GIA program.
Documents One Requires To Participate
- A signed and completed affidavit.
- Original ID document.
- Medical assessment report of the disability (mental or physical assessment).
- If the participant is single, he should provide the affidavit stating “Single” in the marriage status section, but if you are married, then provide the marriage certificate. In case one of us divorced, attach divorce papers.
Different programs work under the supervision of the SASSA, such as old person grants, children grants, or war veteran funds. GIA is for those who are unable to work on their own because of mental and physical disability.
It has special criteria, such as the participant should not receive any other state grants or the applicant should carry the original documents. I have explained the GIA, its criteria for participation, application methods, and the documents you need. I hope this information will help you in the future.