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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 nearly £70 million in funding to a variety of projects since it started in 1997.

Air quality grant scheme 2021 to 2022

Local authorities in England can now apply for the Air Quality Grant Scheme 2021 to 2022 (under ‘view current opportunities’). The grant will be competitive and will award at least £9 million to English local authorities.

Applications must be received by midday 8 October 2021.

The fund is split into 2 lots and we’re looking for applications for:

  • Lot 1 – projects designed to reduce air pollutant exceedances especially in those areas that are projected to remain in exceedance of the UK’s legal targets
  • Lot 2 – projects that will improve knowledge and information about air quality and steps individuals can take to reduce their exposure to air pollution and/or projects that include measures that deal with Particulate Matter

Contact us

Local authorities who have a query about grant applications should contact us using the messaging tool in Bravo.

If you have a general query about air quality, contact the Defra Helpline: defra.helpline@defra.gov.uk

Air quality grant funding

Published 26 June 2013
Last updated 3 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added information about the air quality grant scheme for 2021 to 2022.

  2. Added link to press release about £5 million boost for local authorities to tackle air pollution.

  3. Removed details of air quality grants application process as it now closed.

  4. Added information about the air quality grant 2020 to 2021.

  5. Updated to include the list of local authority schemes receiving funding in this round (2020).

  6. Added details about the air quality grant 2019 to 2020.

  7. Added a link to the press releases outlining which local authorities were awarded grants for 2018-2019.

  8. Added a link to the latest application round for the air quality grant.

  9. List of successful air quality grant projects for 2017 to 2018 added.

  10. Updated to include a link to this year's grant programme application. Applications must be received by 22 December 2017.

  11. Added a link to the 2016/17 grants awarded press release.

  12. Added details of those awarded funding in this year's scheme.

  13. Details of 2015/16 scheme added.

  14. Updated the application section as grant scheme is open to applications until 11 September 2014.

  15. Updated with information about the Air Quality Grant Scheme 2014 to 2015.

  16. Updated to reflect that the application window has closed and local authorities receiving a grant have been announced.

  17. First published.