Air quality grant programme

For local authorities to bid for support on measures to improve air quality.

Defra’s air quality grant scheme provides funding to eligible local authorities to help improve air quality.

The scheme helps local authorities to make air quality improvements and to meet their statutory duties under the Environment Act 1995. It has awarded over £61 million in funding to a variety of projects since it started in 1997.

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Air quality grant 2019 to 2020

Local authorities in England can now apply for the Air Quality Grant Scheme 2019 to 2020. Applications must be received by midday on 07 November 2019.

In particular, we’re 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. Priority will be given to local authorities where Defra’s national air quality assessment identified and/or projected an exceedance. Priority will also be given to local authorities that have one or more Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs).

Air quality grant funding

Published 26 June 2013
Last updated 4 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added details about the air quality grant 2019 to 2020.
  2. Added a link to the press releases outlining which local authorities were awarded grants for 2018-2019.
  3. Added a link to the latest application round for the air quality grant.
  4. List of successful air quality grant projects for 2017 to 2018 added.
  5. Updated to include a link to this year's grant programme application. Applications must be received by 22 December 2017.
  6. Added a link to the 2016/17 grants awarded press release.
  7. Added details of those awarded funding in this year's scheme.
  8. Details of 2015/16 scheme added.
  9. Updated the application section as grant scheme is open to applications until 11 September 2014.
  10. Updated with information about the Air Quality Grant Scheme 2014 to 2015.
  11. Updated to reflect that the application window has closed and local authorities receiving a grant have been announced.
  12. First published.