Shop Front Scheme

Kevin Cantlon fund logo and photo of KevinAbout the scheme

The Kevin Cantlon Fund offers grants funded by Surrey Heath Borough Council to owners or occupiers of commercial buildings within the borough to improve and enhance shop fronts, windows, doors and signage in a traditional and sympathetic manner, through repair of existing traditional features or reinstatement of historic architectural details.

The scheme aims to encourage the creation of attractive frontages, to enhance the character of the region, which could have significant economic benefits. High quality, well maintained frontages are more inviting for local residents and visitors, contribute towards a stronger sense of identity and enhance commercial values.

Who can apply

The scheme is available to:

  • Freeholder owners
  • Leaseholder tenants (as long as the terms of their current lease arrangement on the property are appropriate, there is a minimum of three years left on the lease term and they have owner’s consent.)

The scheme will prioritise small and independent businesses, with preference being given to those businesses with less than five locations in the UK.

Please note that the grants are discretionary and subject to the availability of funds. The Council reserve the right to amend or withdraw the scheme at any time. There is no automatic entitlement to a grant. Each application will be considered on its own merits and in accordance with this guidance.

The scheme will not support works that have already been undertaken or any works which are started prior to a formal offer of grant funding having been made.

For further information, email

You can also download more information from the Shop Front Improvement Grant Scheme Guide.

Apply online