Birmingham launches £4m fund to improve air quality

A funding scheme to help improve air quality in Birmingham has launched, with funding available to support schemes in each of the city’s council wards.

The Brum Breathes Fund will support schemes and projects that improve air quality, encourage active travel and, in doing so, also help to raise awareness of the impact poor air quality can have on health.

The scheme has been launched on the second anniversary of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone and is funded by revenues generated from the scheme. It will provide single-member council wards with up to £20,000 per year and two-member wards with up to £40,000 per year, each for the next two years.

Applications to the fund will need to meet specific criteria such as promoting the benefits of cleaner air, supporting active travel and public transport use, or encouraging a greater shift towards zero emissions travel or infrastructure.

Cllr Liz Clements, said: “We’re committed to helping our residents to achieve their full potential by improving the quality of the air they breathe.  The Brum Breathes Fund will provide support to local Councillors and community groups to improve air quality in every corner of the city.

“Through the fund, we’re looking to invest in projects such as cycle racks, school traffic exclusion plans, sustainable transport measures and a range of other great ideas for delivering the benefits of clean air to everyone. ”

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