List of Government Social Programs in Brazil: Learn more!

There is an expressive list of government social programs in Brazil that we all need to know, since they provide greater access to education, work, health and social assistance to the poorest layers of the Brazilian population.

Government Social Programs

Even if they are projects with a long time of existence, it is still very common to see people who are unaware of the social programs of the government that are in vogue throughout the national territory.

With the intention of expanding the knowledge about these programs, we reserve in today’s article a list containing the main social programs of the government.

We will present each of these programs, in a very detailed way, so that you can know their usefulness and relevance to society in general.

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Government Social Programs: Social Electricity Tariff

Government Social Programs

The Social Tariff Program is among the government’s main social programs, and is a system responsible for granting electricity bill discounts to low-income families.

Its operation is greatly simplified, since the consumer receives a monthly rebate on the electricity bill that may vary, depending on its monthly consumption.

Put in other words, the less you spend on energy, the greater the discount received. It is also worth noting that families of indigenous origin or quilombola have a 100% discount on consumption of up to 50 kilowatt hours per month.

However, in order for you to enjoy this program, you need to go to the Social Assistance (CRAS) of your city and enroll in the Single Register (CadÚnico) of the Federal Government, proving an income less than or equal to half minimum wage per person in the family.

Bolsa Família Program

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The Social Program of the Federal Government called Bolsa Família is nothing more than an Inter sectoral program, which involves three basic pillars:

1- Health;
2- Education;
3- Social Assistance.

The objective of Bolsa Família is to identify families considered poor and extremely poor and thus to give them access to health services, based on comprehensive follow-up in primary care.

In addition, this program also aims to enable the inclusion of children in schools across the country and reduce vulnerability with social assistance.

To participate in the Bolsa Família program, families are registered by the city’s Social Assistance and submitted to a screening. In this way, they will receive different values, considering the profile of each family.

Elderly Portfolio Program

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The Elderly Card was created with the intention of serving as an instrument for accessibility purposes in the traffic of the elderly throughout the national territory, especially with regard to obtaining interstate tickets, which will be provided free of charge and/or with 50% discount.

This program is guaranteed through the Elderly Statute by Law No. 10,741/03 and can be requested by all those elderly who are over 60 years of age, and who fall into a low-income class (up to two minimum wages).

For the issuance of the portfolio, we should also seek the Reference Center of Social Assistance (CRAS) of our municipality.

Government Social Programs: Bolsa Verde


The Bolsa Verde Program is nothing more than a program created by the Brazilian Federal Government, which is intended to benefit families in extreme poverty and living in rural communities.

This system aims to value, especially those rural communities that conserve the environment. Thus, the program grants R$ 300.00 each three months per family.

However, in order to be able to participate in this program, the family must meet certain prerequisites, which are:

  • Beneficiary in areas relevant to environmental conservation;
  • Be duly registered in the Single Register of the Federal Government (CadÚnico);
  • Be a beneficiary of Bolsa Família;
  • Earn up to R$ 77.00 per family person monthly.

Government Social Programs: FGTS


The acronym FGTS stands for Service Time Guarantee Fund and its creation has as main objective to protect the Brazilian worker. In other words it is a money that is generated automatically by the service time you provide in certain companies and with signed portfolio, which is yours, and is retained by the government until a need arises to use it.

The worker may withdraw this money in very specific situations, such as when you are fired without just cause, when you have some health problem, among others.

Companies are obliged to deposit every month in Caixa Econômica Federal accounts, a cash on behalf of their employees and the corresponding amount is 8% of the total salary of each employee.

This money ends up helping many people, since it collaborates to form a certain asset, being able to use this money to buy a house of their own, pay for a college, do a health treatment, among others.

Programa BPC


This acronym stands for Continued Benefit (BPC) and is nothing more than a monthly installment with a minimum wage, and that is guaranteed organic Social Assistance Law skin, also known as LOAS.

It is precisely this law (LOAS) that provides for the BPC for people with disabilities, without minimum age, or elderly over 65 years, provided that the need for this aid is proven.

Currently, the BPC is requested directly in social security, and even if it is a social and welfare benefit, the person responsible for the analysis is the INSS.

In addition, this benefit is reserved for low-income people and there are eight other requirements that can be consulted with the INSS of your city.

Government Social Programs: Caring Brazil Program

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This program aims to give special attention to early childhood, turning its attention to families living in extreme poverty.

This plan brings together actions focused on the areas of education, health and social assistance. In other words, we can say that the Affectionate Brazil Program brings together a set of federal government activities aimed at children who are between 0 and 6 years old.

In the area of education, for example, there is a great incentive for opening more places in daycare centers and in health, distribution of medications to children in treatment of health problems, among others.