Bidding open on £2m local air quality fund


Bidding is open to local authorities in England for a portion of at least £2m in the latest tranche of cash for air quality projects.

Councils have been invited to apply via Bravo. Further details on how to apply are available on the Air Quality Grants GOV.UK page.


Applications must be received by midday 14 October 2020. The Government is particularly looking for applications designed to provide air quality benefits in next one or two years, but stated 'the best bids' will also develop solutions for the longer-term 'by increasing awareness and encouraging behaviour change'.

The grant will be competitive with the government inviting applications from:

  • local authorities where Defra’s national air quality assessment identified and/or projected an exceedance
  • local authorities that have one or more Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs)
  • projects that deal primarily with particulate matter.

Environment minister Rebecca Pow said: 'Air pollution, and in particular PM2.5, carries enormous risks to human health which is why we are continuing to provide funding to local authorities to help them take action. This is part of delivering on the ambition in our world-leading Clean Air Strategy to halve the harm to human health from air pollution by 2030.

'We know that local authorities are in the best position to address the issues they face in their areas and we look forward to receiving ideas for ways to reduce emissions and promote cleaner, greener alternatives.'

Transport minister Rachel Maclean said: 'I’m delighted to see the launch of the next round of funding for councils in towns and cities across the country to help reduce transport emissions and improve air quality for our local communities.

'From schools, to local businesses and households, it’s vital that we support a diverse range of projects to create cleaner, greener and healthier places to live.'

This fund will contribute towards meeting the objectives of Defra’s 2019 Clean Air Strategy, and also complements the wider UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations, which includes a £3.5bn investment into air quality and cleaner transport.

The plan supports the uptake of low emissions vehicles, getting more people to cycle and walk, and encouraging cleaner public transport.

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