Disability 2012

In partnership with the Department of Health and the HSE, Genio invited applications in 2012 to the Genio Disability Programme for projects across four streams. Information on the Disability Projects selected for funding in 2012 is available on our website.

  1. Community living: This grant stream is to develop non-institutional models of residential support for individuals in the community, for those who are moving from an institution in the context of institutional closure; as a response to those at risk of institutionalisation; or as a stand-alone initiative.
  2. Alternative respite: This grant stream is to develop a range of non-institutional respite options for individuals with disabilities and/or mental health difficulties and their families.
  3. Supporting school leavers: This scheme is aimed at supporting alternative ways of meeting the work, education, training and recreation needs for school leavers with a disability that is mainstreamed and located in ‘real’ community settings.
  4. Capacity building: This grant stream is to provide a range of capacity building and training opportunities for people with disabilities and mental health difficulties, families, advocates, staff and other relevant stakeholders which are focused on supporting the provision of individualised responses to people with disability and/or mental health difficulties. This grant stream also includes opportunities to experience other service models through staff exchanges.

Download Application Guidelines and Criteria here.


The policy context for the provision of services and supports to people with disabilities has been described in detail following the recent publication of several reports; the Congregated Settings Report, the New Directions Review of Day Services, the report on Respite/Residential Care with Host Families in Community Settings and the Disability Policy Review

Recent reports and policy proposals in disability describe a model of service provision which is very different to current provision, with a focus on individualised supports and services to be provided which support people with disabilities to live full independent lives in the community, included as active participating citizens.

Grant allocation

€3m was allocated to Genio from the HSE Disability Care Group on a recurring basis to facilitate the reconfiguration of services for people with physical and sensory disabilities, and people with intellectual disabilities, towards individualised services and supports.

There was no lower or upper limit for grant applications within these allocations.

Second round

In September 2012, in partnership with the Health Service Executive, Genio held a second call for applications for funding to support young people with disabilities to access work, education, training, and recreation opportunities. This was a further call to the earlier grant stream 'Stream 3 Supporting school leavers' in May 2012 which was undersubscribed.

This fund was intended to:

  • support the development of individualised responses for school leavers.
  • support individuals currently in day services or rehabilitative training to move to individualised responses and free up capacity.

Download the Application Guidelines and Criteria.

Applications were welcome from partnerships/consortia only:
(applications were not accepted from one individual or organisation working alone)

  • multi-stakeholder consortia including families, business, community and training agencies who could come together to provide individualised responses to school leavers with disabilities.
  • in order to address areas with specific needs, applications were invited from both new and existing providers

Applications for the Genio Disability Programme 2012 are now closed.