In partnership with the Health Service Executive and the Department of Health, Genio invited online expressions of interest in May 2013 for disability projects across three streams. Those shortlisted to proceed to the full application stage were invited to submit a detailed application form. Following rigourous evaluation a number of projects have been selected for innovation funding. Information on the Disability Projects selected for funding in 2013 is available on our website.
We invited expressions of interest in the folllowing areas:
- Stream 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.
- Stream 2 Alternative respite: This grant stream is to develop a range of non-institutional respite options for individuals with disabilities and their families.
- Stream 3 Supporting school leavers: This scheme is aimed at supporting alternative ways of meeting the work, education, training and recreation needs of school leavers with a disability that is mainstreamed and located in ‘real’ community settings.
For more information download the EOI Guidelines and Criteria.
On the 15th & 19th March 2013 we hosted four free seminars to explain the application process in detail. The information presented at our seminars is available to listen to as a podcast or download as a powerpoint presentation.
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 HSE Day Services and Implementation Plan, the report on Respite/Residential Care with Host Families in Community Settings and the Value for money and Policy Review of Disability Services in Ireland.
These reports and policy 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.
This form of provision will require significant reconfiguration of current disability service provision. €3 million has been 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 described above. A Service Arrangement has been agreed between the HSE and Genio in respect of priorities for disability grants in 2013.
Applications for disability grants to the Genio Disability Programme 2013 are now closed.