The Government has announced the latest round of funding from the Air Quality Grant scheme for local projects to improve air quality across England.

 Local authorities can bid for a portion of £2m for a wide range of projects to improve air quality and create cleaner and healthier environments.

 Applications open from 2 September and close at 12pm on 14 October 2020. Further details on how to apply are available on the Air Quality Grants GOV.UK page. You can read the government press release here.

Air quality grant 2020 to 2021

In particular, the Government is looking for applications with projects designed to:

  • provide air quality benefits soon (in next 1 to 2 years)
  • develop solutions over the longer term by increasing awareness and encouraging behaviour change

The grant will be competitive and will award at least £2 million to English local authorities. We are 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

Defra has said that projects focusing on particulate matter (PM2.5) will be particularly welcomed.

The Air Quality Grant Scheme has so far awarded around £64.5m to a variety of projects to improve local air pollution. This fund is part of Defra’s larger Clean Air Strategy to reduce air pollution across the country.