The application channels for the R350 COVID-19 grant will be opened from Friday, 06 August, Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, announced on Wednesday.

The first payments will be made by the end of the month.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced last month that the government would reinstate the grant.

How to apply for the R350 COVID-19 Grant?

“Noting that R350 COVID-19 grant is still very much upon us, we will continue with measures to limit face to face interactions to manage social distancing and use the frontline application systems which had proven to be successful during the initial implementation of this grant,” said Zulu.

She added that all applications will, therefore, be again done electronically/digitally.

The following frontline application channels may be used:

      • Firstly, through the website at;
      • Through our WhatsApp line on 082 046 8553;
      • Additional application channels will be added shortly and announcements will be made in due course.

Please note that an application should be submitted through only one of the above channels – it is not necessary to submit multiple applications. Confirmation will be received as soon as the application has been successfully submitted.

      • For all other queries, applicants may contact our call centre on 0800 60 10 11 or email

The Eligibility Criteria For The COVID-19 Grant will be as follows:

(a) a South African Citizen, Permanent Resident or Refugee registered on the Home Affairs database and persons who are holders of special permits under the Special Angolan Dispensation, the Lesotho Exemption Permit dispensation and the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Dispensation, and asylum seekers whose section 22 permits or visas are valid or were valid on 15 March 2020;

(b) Currently residing within the borders of the Republic of South Africa;

(c) above the age of 18 and below the age of 60;

(d) unemployed;

(e) not receiving any social grant in respect of himself or herself;

(f) not receiving an unemployment insurance benefit and does not qualify to receive an unemployment insurance benefit;

(g) not receiving a stipend from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and other financial aid;

(h) not receiving any other government COVID-19 response support; and

(i) not a resident in a government funded or subsidised institution.

– Care givers who are not receiving any grant on their own behalf will also be eligible to apply for the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant.

“We would like to reiterate that only those who meet the criteria and have no financial support from any source should apply for this grant. It is also important to emphasise that the previous SRD grant expired on 30 April 2021 and this means that all those who had previously applied must re-apply, in order to enable us to assess their eligibility as we did every month during the previous period, and all applications will be treated as new applications every month,” said Zulu.


“However, each applicant needs to only apply once – thereafter the application will be considered monthly.”



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