Background
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 they are working to improve the lives of people with disabilities, mental health difficulties and dementia. In June 2010, the Genio Trust was established by Genio as a registered charity to facilitate the building and distribution of funds to support socially innovative projects targeting those at risk of social exclusion. Projects supported by the Genio Trust are performance-managed and must fulfil criteria agreed with funders including cost-effectiveness and sustainability beyond an initial investment period. In parallel with the innovation funding Genio provides support and training for key stakeholders to manage and implement required changes; and undertakes and commissions research to measure impact. Since 2010, they have awarded funding to 226 projects in Ireland to provide over 5,500 people with individualised supports in the community. In addition over 9,000 families, carers and staff have attended information and training events through the projects they support.
Mission
To increase opportunities for people who are marginalised to live purposeful and productive lives in their communities.
Programme areas
Disability, mental health and dementia. It is likely that the Genio Trust will be funding other areas in the future e.g. the children's area.