The Home Office has employed its first fundraiser to raise money for a charity that faces closure.
Malcolm Tyndall has six months to raise £300,000 for the Federation of Black and Asian Drugs and Alcohol Workers.
A three-year government grant to the federation, which employs 16 staff on a turnover of £600,000, recently expired.
With closure looming, Home Office minister Caroline Flint took the unique step of appointing Tyndall, former director of fundraising, marketing and communications at the National Association of Clubs for Young People.
"I have never heard of this being done by a statutory funder before," said Tyndall.
Julie Clouder, head of diversity at the Home Office's drugs strategy directorate, said a special case had been made because there was a shortage of drugs services to black and minority ethnic communities.