Improve air quality in your community with the Brum Breathes Fund
Projects supported by the scheme
To help inspire you, here are some of the schemes or projects that might be supported by the fund:
- cycle racks
- school traffic exclusion plans
- sustainable transport measures
- parking restrictions
- air quality monitors…and much more!
Your project must create some kind of tangible asset and should be self-sustaining. Funding is only available until the end of March 2025. If your project requires ongoing maintenance or support (even if occasional) you must demonstrate how you will provide that ongoing support.
Projects will need to show alignment with the high-level spending priorities set out in the Birmingham Clean Air Zone Charging Order:
- support the delivery of the ambitions of the scheme and promote cleaner air;
- support active travel and incentivising public transport use;
- support zero emission and sustainable infrastructure and actions in and around the city to improve air quality.
Birmingham City Council published its Clean Air Strategy in 2022. The strategy sets out a clear set of actions, priorities and pledges that will enable everyone in the city to be part of the journey to improving the air we all breathe.
All applications to the fund should be able to demonstrate how they support the following themes from the Birmingham's Clean Air Strategy:
- Improve the fleet: Discouraging the most polluting vehicles (private and public) from our city will lead to an overall reduction in air pollution.
- Improve the flow: Smoother and faster journeys that help reduce congestion will help reduce emissions (this applies to active travel routes, public transport as well as private vehicles). Traffic congestion creates a bubble of air pollution with idling vehicles wasting fuel, wasting money and generating unnecessary carbon emissions.
- Reduce the volume: Fewer vehicles = less pollution. By moving from private car use to walking, cycling, public transport or working from home can all reduce the number of vehicles on the streets.
- Reduce sources and exposure: By reducing the sources of air pollution and our exposure to poor air quality, we reduce the likelihood of poor health and damage to the environment. We should limit the sources of air pollution and our exposure where we work, travel, live, play or study, especially for the most vulnerable.
- Empowering behaviour change: To encourage and support individual behaviour change to improve air quality by embedding into our culture (businesses, organisations, local communities, the council etc) the policies, guidance, and capability to be less polluting.
Projects must also align with the local Ward Action plan and have the support of the relevant local Ward Forum.
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Projects not supported
We do not support
- for profit businesses
- national programmes without a specific benefit to Birmingham
- projects that are based outside of Birmingham
- projects which have already taken place or items purchased prior to or during a grant application
- unspecified expenditure for general appeals or fund-raising events/activities
- requests to build reserves
- funding for Statutory obligations
- political activities