Lottery gifts go personal

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Lottery money will go to individuals for the first time under a scheme announced by the Millennium Commission yesterday. Grants totalling pounds 8.6m will be made to six leading charities who will invite applications from individuals "to enable them to achieve a personal goal while doing something for the whole community".

Millennium Commissioner Lord Dalkeith said the schemes could range from environmental work to interactive science projects. The six charities are: Help The Aged, Raleigh International Trust, The Royal Society/ British Association for the Advancement of Science (in a joint scheme), The Farmington Institute, Techniquest, and Earthwatch Europe. David Lister