Defra’s air quality grant scheme provides funding to eligible local authorities to help improve air quality.
The scheme helps local authorities make air quality improvements and meet their statutory duties under the Environment Act 1995. It has awarded nearly £92 million in funding to a variety of projects since it started in 1997.
Air quality grant scheme 2023 to 2024
Local authorities in England can apply for the Air Quality Grant 2023 to 2024.
The grant is competitive and will award at least £6 million to local authorities in England.
You must apply by midday on 29 September 2023.
There are 2 application lots for this grant period:
Lot 1 is for projects that will improve local air quality - especially in areas that are projected to remain in exceedance of local air quality objectives, such as for nitrogen dioxide. Defra will prioritise local authorities:
where an exceedance has been identified
that have one or more Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs)
Lot 2 is for projects that will improve public awareness in local communities about the risks of air pollution, and projects for measures that deal with particulate matter.
You must apply using Atamis, Defra’s online tendering system.
You can send any questions about grant applications using the messaging tool in Atamis.
If you have a general query about air quality, email the Defra Helpline.