Tevi Grant Fund – Third Call 

Open:             24th September 2021

Close:             25th October 2021



  • Rewilding
  • Nature Recovery
  • Transport
  • Community Resilience
  • The Visitor Economy
  • Waste Management


Project timescales: please note that grants will be available only for projects that will be completed (that is, all purchasing, invoicing and costs defrayed) by the end of September 2022.


A         Standard Grants

The Tevi Project’s Grant Fund is open under the current call.  Applicants should already be registered with us and working with a member of the Tevi team, who will help with the first stage, the grant referral form.  Once completed this will be independently scored and, if successful, invited to the full application stage managed by our delivery partner, the Cornwall Development Company.

For these calls we are aiming to fund two or more grants in each of the following topics.  Up to £3,000 is available for each grant (at an intervention rate of 65%). The minimum grant is £1,000.


The practical, historical, economic and ecological aspects of bringing areas of land back into a wild state are all relevant to this call.  How might such moves contribute to the wider climate or environmental agenda?  What can be done to support interested parties in the region?

Nature recovery

Nature is under enormous pressure in our region.  We are looking to support enterprises find innovative, novel and scalable ways of demonstrating how this decline can be reversed, and how business can play its part.


How can the transportation of good and people be improved in our region in ways that are less wasteful and less environmentally impactful?  Individual businesses may want to think about their own transportation solutions, or work with others to come up with innovative ideas.

Community Resilience

Local communities, charities and CICs often struggle to access grant support.  Qualifying organisations are invited to think about projects to support nature and/or the circular economy; we want to support new services that make changes to people’s lives as we emerge into a post-covid economy.

The visitor economy

How can the visitor economy contribute to a more circular economy?  How might it contribute to the costs of enhancing the natural environment?  What can be done to inform, support and encourage visitors in this direction?  And how might visitor-facing businesses grow their environment?

Waste management

Central to the core concept of a circular economy is the closing – or tightening – of waste leaks from economic activity, whether that waste derives from organic or inorganic material.  The commonly quoted hierarchy – repair, re-use, -re-purpose and recycle – is vital to think through in terms of different materials, networks, and capacities.  At Tevi, we’d like to support SMEs to make these steps, particularly looking at the first steps of this hierarchy.


B         Challenge Network Grants

In addition, through our Challenge Networks we want to work with eligible enterprises to identify opportunities for larger investments (£6,000, also at 65% intervention rate).  One of these larger grants will be made available via the corresponding Challenge Network, for each of the four topics listed above.

A Challenge Network is a collaborative partnership of businesses, researchers at the University of Exeter, and third party experts that comes together to find a business-led solution to a particular problem, issue or opportunity.  They look at things that, once addressed, can move our region forwards in terms of the circular economy and environmental growth.  You can find out more at https://tevi.co.uk/challenge-networks.  To get involved in this work please contact our Challenge Network managers, Grace Twiston-Davies at [email protected] or Vicky Smyth at [email protected]


Ineligible activities

  • primary production; the acquisition of raw materials is not eligible within Tevi. This includes mining, agriculture, fishing and forestry;
  • the project cannot include the processing of an annex 1 products (annex 1 products are the result of primary agricultural production and include some products which have been simply processed). For more information see:


  • projects that have a better fit elsewhere (but we can direct SMEs towards alternative funding sources);
  • projects that relate primarily to waste efficiency measures that are not central to the products or services offered by that business, but instead relate to generic business activity (for example, projects that are about staff transport and travel or electricity use and generation within the business premises);
  • projects that will not be in existence for a minimum of 3 years;
  • projects on land where the business does not operate unless written consent is provided by the landowner enabling the land to be used by the applicant enterprise for a minimum of 3 years;
  • standard or open training courses from commercial providers;
  • standard software package purchases;
  • projects that would be deemed to promote or subsidise the cost of exports;
  • the use of paid internships from universities;
  • cross-funding or subsidising the cost of other European funded schemes;
  • costs of the design and production of advertising materials including websites, social media and mobile applications that support the marketing of the innovation project;
  • sales and marketing activities associated with the project;
  • incremental, routine changes made to products, production lines, manufacturing processes, existing services and other operations in progress that can easily be managed and accommodated within the business, without the need of expert input;
  • achieving compliance with statutory regulations or legislation;
  • projects which are deemed to be business as usual (e.g. in-house staff costs);
  • purchase of vehicles (except in exceptional circumstances);
  • travel costs incurred by the applicant business (travel and subsistence costs incurred by an external consultant can be included if outlined in the quote);
  • costs of general legal or business advice;
  • retrospective investment.