Wild Rumpus have used LEADER funding to develop the accessibility and sustainability of their business. Having been awarded £19000 the organisation has invested in new structures at their woodland office — the Whirligig, Cheshire East — as well as structures that will move between their festivals.
Wild Rumpus have used their award to commission the design and production of accessible shower and toilet units. These units are mobile and will be used at several of their events. They are designed to cater to the quarter of a million residents of Britain whose needs are not adequately met by standard ‘disabled toilets’.
The funding has also been used to invest in timber marquees and a bank of compost toilets. These will be used for to support the company’s yearlong talent development program. In the last year Wild Rumpus worked with over 120 volunteers at their events, as well as supporting a network of over 50 artists through residential development opportunities and sector facing support. Investing in new structures will allow Wild Rumpus to extend this support to a larger number of artists and volunteers in coming years.
Sarah Bird, co-founder of the organisation, said ‘This funding has allowed Wild Rumpus to be more sustainable, accessible and ambitious. Our entire ethos is to introduce audiences to great art and great landscapes, and to offer great opportunities to artists and volunteers. We’re incredibly grateful for the LEADER funding we’ve received, and incredibly excited for the opportunities and experiences this investment will enable for our audience, artists and volunteers. We’re also glad of the knock-on effect this will have in the local area in terms of tourism, stimulating the creative economy, and creating creative opportunities for residents.’
LEADER funding is provided as part of the Rural Development Program for England, and is awarded by regional interest groups. Applicants must demonstrate their projects support small businesses and farm diversification, boost rural tourism, increase farm or forest productivity, provide rural services or provide cultural and heritage activities. Under the scheme a total of £138 million has been made available in England between 2015 and 2020.