Clean air funding opens again

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John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, today announced the availability of a new clean air funding round of more than £121,000 for community groups, schools, local businesses and housing associations interested in reducing air pollution.

To be eligible for funding, projects must be related to either reducing air pollution emissions, reducing air exposure to pollution or increasing awareness of air pollution; be directly relevant to actions in the council’s Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP); have a measurable impact; and have wider community benefits.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “We received some excellent applications in the first round of funding and I look forward to seeing the projects reach fruition as part of our ‘Breathe Clean’ campaign. 

“Our ambition is to reduce air pollution to safe levels, but I would urge residents to find out what they can do locally to protect children from the dangers of air pollution, and to think about projects that could benefit their neighbourhoods through this funding.”

Five organisations were successful in the first round of applications this year. 

1. St Luke’s Primary School on the Isle of Dogs was successful in its application to install a green screen around the nursery. The new leafy wall will help protect infants from toxic car fumes.

2. Poplar Harca Housing Association will deliver three ambitious projects. It is installing pollution absorbing plants and mosses at its new offices to improve local air quality. Staff will be encouraged to swap their cars for cycling, with funding for battery powered bikes and battery-powered landscaping equipment will be trialled with funding to replace 30 diesel tools.

3. Marner Primary School, Bow, is working with up to 100 parents and children to teach them how they can reduce air pollution by changing their behaviour.

4. Swan Housing Association is using funding to teach 36 residents how to build their own bikes and cycle more, improving their health and the local environment. 

 5. Tower Hamlets Community Housing is installing electric charging points to support a move away from diesel powered cleaning vans to environmentally friendly electric ones. 

Councillor Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Air Quality added: “I was really impressed with the ideas and ambition expressed in the first round of applications. People can really make a difference to pollution in their local area by making small changes, like leaving the car at home for short journeys.

Guidance on completing the application: 

Applications open on 1 November 2018 and close on 31 January 2018. Complete this form to apply

Applications need to include:

  • An overview of the project and and description of the way it will improve air quality
  • Cost breakdown of the project i.e. how the grant fund is to be spent
  • Whether services will be procured from a third party supplier. Their quotes must be submitted with the application 
  • Evidence that consent/permissions have been given if the project includes children or young people 

For more information about the funding, email or call 020 7364 5008.

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Posted on Friday 2nd November 2018