Lottery to control external projects

The Big Lottery Fund will discuss opportunities for managing projects that are not paid for by the lottery at regular meetings with government departments and other funders.

"We were approached concerning a number of opportunities to deliver nonlottery- funded projects," said a spokeswoman for the fund. "We believe this to be a positive step. It allows other organisations to make use of the fund's experience and knowledge of giving out funding on a large scale."

The new opportunities include the distribution of the Office of the Third Sector's £30m community assets programme and the possible distribution of unclaimed assets for use on youth services. The Office of the Third Sector has also suggested that the fund could manage its small grants programme.

The fund was given permission to distribute nonlottery funding in the National Lottery Act 2006. The new projects would be separately accounted and labelled under a new brand

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