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Grant scheme for historic buildings

Shop front improvement schemes have been available around the district. Thanks to grants from South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) local parish councils have been administrating their own schemes. Due to additional funding the shop front improvement scheme has been relaunched.  

Grants in Kendal are now available up to 40% subject to a minimum of £150 and a maximum of £1500. Please check out the grant conditions (PDF 1.36MB/2 pages) to see if you meet the eligibility criteria.

For shop front grants availability in other South Lakeland areas please contact your local Parish Council.  

Shop Front Improvement Schemes


Shop Front Improvement Scheme aims to enhance the image of our market towns.

The grants cover front renovation and decoration, new signage and replacement of historical features including lighting.

The main objectives of the scheme:

  • to improve business frontages including shops, commercial businesses and social enterprises
  • enhance the appearance and appeal of the town to visitors, customers and the local population
  • to preserve and enhance the special characters of the Conservation area, it’s listed buildings and other buildings of public importance
  • assist towards encouraging further inward investment
  • stimulate business and consumer confidence

Examples of businesses helped


Grants are available for up to a maximum of 40% of the work to be undertaken.

Grants are allocated on a first come first served basis provided eligibility has been met.

Retrospective applications for work already being completed cannot be considered.

Further Information

Location Contact Telephone No


Economy Development Group, SLDC

01539 793 280


Duddon Parish Council 01229 889 319
Hawkshead Hawkshead Parish Council 01539 436 004


Coniston Parish Council

01539 441 713

Grasmere Lakes Parish Council 01539 431 656
Dent Dent Parish Council 01539 621 487
Grange-over-Sands Grange-over-Sands Town Council 01539 532 375
Kirkby Lonsdale Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council 01539 821 596
Milnthorpe Milnthorpe Parish Council 01539 562 726
Sedbergh Sedbergh Parish Council

01539 730 597

Ulverston Ulverston Town Council

01229 585 778

Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere  Windermere Town Council 07951 402 372