Portsmouth businesses can apply for funding from the Workplace Sustainable Travel Fund (WSTF) for measures which increase cycling and walking.
The most significant source of air pollution in Portsmouth comes from road traffic, where there is a high reliance on the car to make short trips. 16% of all car trips starting and finishing in Portsmouth are short journeys of less than 3km in length, which could be made on foot or by bicycle.
Workplaces can bid for up to £2,000 towards facilities like secure cycle parking, lockers or improving shower facilities. The funding will help organisations support employees who choose to walk or cycle to work, or for business trips.
The council was successfully awarded £450,000 funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) Air Quality Grant. The Workplace Sustainable Travel Fund is one of many schemes the council has introduced to reduce pollution levels and improve air quality.
To apply for funding your organisation must meet the criteria specified and you will be required to sign a grant agreement. It would be beneficial to your bid if your organisation can contribute a minimum of 20% of the total amount bid for.
Businesses have until 11 October 2018 to apply. If you are successful you will be notified on 19 October 2018.
Any physical works you carry out must be completed by 28 February 2019.
You can find the full details including eligibility and how to apply in the Workplace sustainable travel fund brochure below.
If you have any questions, and to apply, please contact WSTF@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.
To find out more about how you can help your employees to travel more sustainably visit myjourneyportsmouth.com/workplaces.