The current share of lottery funding to charities is secure until 2009 when Camelot's licence to run the National Lottery expires, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell told a summit meeting with sector representatives last week.
She gave what she called a "1,000 per cent assurance" that the funding to charities through the Community Fund would be ring-fenced at current levels after it is merged with the New Opportunities Fund.
She also promised that lottery grant-giving would be additional to government spending, but she added that all other aspects of the new distributor would be up for negotiation.
The meeting was attended by NCVO's Stuart Etherington, ACEVO chief executive, Stephen Bubb, and Kevin Curley, chief executive of the National Association of Councils for Voluntary Services.
See lottery story, p4.