Money taken from dormant bank accounts is to be used to fund a number of new businesses, it has been announced.
Using money that has been left in bank accounts for a number of years is part of the Government's 'Big Society' initiative.
It is thought that around £400 million will be made available for projects through the scheme.
Of that, some £3.1 million has been earmarked for four Big Society Projects.
It will include a £1 million investment for FranchisingWorks, which is to help people who have been unemployed for a long time to set up their own franchise businesses.
In addition, Triodos Bank will set up a youth support programme, while The Social Stock Exchange will use its £850,000 investment to set up the world's first stock exchange for social entrepreneurs.
It will be located in London and improve access to capital for social entrepreneurs.
"This is about putting money that has been lying around dormant in bank accounts for years to good use in projects that will benefit our local communities and social entrepreneurs.
"These investments will bring real changes to people's lives. They will help young people into jobs and give the long-term unemployed the opportunity to set up their own businesses.
"The Big Society Investment Fund, under the auspices of the Big Lottery Fund, is doing a fantastic job forging the way. Already, their investment decisions show the range of exciting projects that just need financial backing to get going."
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