What is Genio?


Genio works to bring Government and philanthropic funders together to develop better ways to support disadvantaged people to live full lives in their communities. So far we are working to improve the lives of people with disabilities, mental health difficulties and dementia. 

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Since 2010, we have awarded funding to 226 projects (disability, mental health and dementia) nationally to provide over 5,900 people with individualised supports in the community. In addition over 11,000 families, carers and staff have attended information and training events through the projects we support.

Genio is currently helping to establish a Service Reform Fund to support the implementation of reforms in disability and mental health services in collaboration with the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive and The Atlantic Philanthropies. The Service Reform Fund represents a total combined investment of €45m by the funding partners from 2015 to 2017, of which The Atlantic Philanthropies will invest €15 million and the Department of Health, €30 million.

We are also continuing to work with the HSE and Atlantic to develop and test new service models in the area of dementia which will improve the range and quality of community-based supports; influence public policy and investment in this area; and build the leadership in the field that is necessary in order to capitalise on the potential of the National Dementia Strategy.

Our approach has three elements:

  • Innovation Funding: ​Release of funds on a competitive basis to encourage innovation and cost-effectiveness. These funds are outcome-focused and performance-managed. 
  • Learning & Skills: Support and training of key stakeholders to manage and implement required changes. 
  • ​Measuring Impact: Undertake and commission research to measure impact. 

​​Genio works with the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive, supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies. Genio Limited is an Irish registered company (Reg no. 454839) governed by the Genio Board of Directors. Genio established a charitable trust in 2010 called the Genio Trust in order to receive and disperse innovation funding. The Genio Trust is a registered charity (CHY 19312) governed by the Board of the Genio Trust. All members of Genio boards and committees give their time on a voluntary basis.

By the numbers

Since 2010:

  • 1,289 applications have been received for innovation funding 
  • 226 projects have been approved for funding nationally
  • €24.3m has been awarded in innovation funding, which in addition has leveraged over €31.7m in resources through the projects we support
  • €400,000 per annum has been invested in research and development (R&D)
  • We have supported projects to provide over 5,500 people with individualised supports in the community
  • 9,000 families, carers and staff have received information and training 

Endorsement from top levels of Government and philanthropy

…Genio… have so many successful examples of how resources can be re-configured to bring practice into line with our national policy.
Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister for Equality, Disability, Mental Health and Older People, Ireland

Genio makes real a vision that we have for people with disabilities and instils hope among services that things can be better.
Bairbre Nic Aongusa, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Health, Ireland

We very much believe in this model and what Genio are trying to do...we would like to see and very much support an extension of this model into new areas to see where we can improve service delivery.
Robert Watt, Secretary General, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Ireland

The Genio model is a particularly exciting example of how public and philanthropic money can combine together to bring about lasting improvement for people.
Martin O’Brien, Senior Vice President, Atlantic Philanthropies

If you have any queries about our work please contact us at [email protected] or +353 449385940.