In 2010, Genio Trust was allocated €3m in innovation funding to support over 100 people to move from institutions to the community, or to become more independent in their communities. Grants were awarded to 50 projects including 15 mental health projects with total funding of €1.4m. In 2011, €2m funding will be provided and will enable Genio to further their work by allowing it to focus on one institution or hospital to enable that facility to close in its entirety. The funding will also be directed towards increasing the provision of cost effective, family and community based respite care, as an alternative to traditional institutional models.
€1m will be provided to fund the expansion of Jigsaw to a further 10 counties from 5 counties. The funding is for a 3 year period. Jigsaw is an innovative community based support service for young people, which has been developed by Headstrong and is designed to promote systems of care that are accessible, youth-friendly, integrated, and engaging for young people.