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 £57 million in funding to a variety of projects since it started in 1997.

Any queries should be sent to

Information on who was awarded grants in 2015 to 2016 is now available on the National Archives website.

Air quality grant 2018 to 2019

Local authorities in England can now apply for the air quality grant scheme 2018 to 2019. Applications must be received by midday on 30 November 2018.

In particular, we’re looking for applications on projects designed to support:

  • local authorities to develop and/or implement measures to improve local air quality
  • innovation through trialling of low cost sensors

The grant will be competitive and will award at least £3 million to English local authorities that have one or more Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs).

Air quality grant funding

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