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 £52 million in funding to a variety of projects since it started in 1997.

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Air quality grant 2017 to 2018

Local authorities in England can now apply for the air quality grant scheme 2017 to 2018. Applications must be received by 2pm on 22 December 2017.

The grant will be competitive and will award at least £2 million to English local authorities that have one or more Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). AQMAs must have been declared on or before the 31 March 2017.

Air quality grant 2016 to 2017

The successful local authorities have been awarded a share of £3.7 million. Read who has been awarded grants.

Air quality grant 2015 to 2016

The following projects were awarded a share of the £0.5 million available to local authorities under the 2015 to 2016 air quality grant scheme, focusing on reducing emissions from road transport. Funding supported new electric charging points, feasibility studies on Clean Air Zones, and promoting cycling and walking.

Local Authority Project Award
Dacorum Borough Council Awareness raising – Electric Vehicle Charging points £9,000
Leeds City Council Instantaneous emissions modelling £39,850
Leeds City Council NO2 monitoring station £18,000
Leeds City Council Clean Air Zone Feasibility £50,000
Leicester City Council Cycling & Walking real-time data feed for journey planner (Choose How You Move) £39,000
London Borough of Ealing PM emissions management plan – Horn Lane £87,150
London Borough of Islington Regent’s Canal – Electric Charging Points £30,000
Sandwell MBC Behaviour Change and Awareness – sustainable transport £30,000
Southampton City Council Modelling Assessment for Clean Air Zones (CAZ) £17,000
Southampton City Council AQMA consolidation - CAZ formulation and awareness £60,000
Southampton City Council Clean Air Partnership – formulation and engagement £20,000
Greater Manchester Feasibility study for CAZ – consortium of 10 local authorities £100,000


Published 26 June 2013
Last updated 27 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include a link to this year's grant programme application. Applications must be received by 22 December 2017.
  2. Added a link to the 2016/17 grants awarded press release.
  3. Added details of those awarded funding in this year's scheme.
  4. Details of 2015/16 scheme added.
  5. Updated the application section as grant scheme is open to applications until 11 September 2014.
  6. Updated with information about the Air Quality Grant Scheme 2014 to 2015.
  7. Updated to reflect that the application window has closed and local authorities receiving a grant have been announced.
  8. First published.