Creative Recovery Mentoring Program

'22.96 │ receding' 2023.  Miriam Innes, Joolie Gibbs and Leeroy Todd. 


Creative Recovery is a framework and a process of connecting and embedding creative approaches within the disaster recovery activities of the broader community, particularly with local decision-making in collaboration with community members, community organisations and private industry. When implemented, this approach creates more effective opportunities for sustainable delivery and community support.

Courtesy of the Creative Recovery Network

Gympie Regional Council recognises Creative Recovery as an essential tool in disaster preparation and recovery. In 2024 council’s Community Recovery and Resilience, Community Development, and  Arts and Cultural teams are collaborating to deliver a new Creative Recovery Mentoring Program designed to equip local creatives with creative recovery skills, community connections, and funding to develop and implement effective and meaningful creative recovery projects.

Up to four creatives will receive a stipend of $1,500 to participate in training and mentorship and develop their creative recovery project to a “shovel-ready” point, ready to implement or submit for grants.

Up to two projects developed through the Creative Recovery training and mentoring program will be selected for implementation, and the artists paid seed funding of $8,000.

These projects may be proposed in any relevant artform, but must be based in or provide direct benefit to the Gympie Region, and have Creative Recovery outcomes.

This program is intended to equip local creatives with creative recovery skills, community connections, project planning skills, and funding to develop and implement effective and meaningful creative recovery projects, secure further grant funding, and bring the benefits of creative recovery to the Gympie Region.

Expressions of Interest have now closed.

How to apply

  1. Attend the Creative Recovery Forum

Attend the Creative Recovery Forum on 21 February 2024 to learn more about the creative recovery framework and connect with community groups and creative recovery experts. Attendees will be provided with the link to the online Expression of Interest form.

  1. Submit your Expression of Interest for the Creative Recovery Mentorship Program

Submit your expression of interest to participate in the training and mentorship program by completing the online form. Your expression of interest should also include:

  • Your current CV (no more than 2 pages), demonstrating your capacity to deliver a project;
  • A Certificate of Currency for Public Liability Insurance

Selection of successful candidates will be made by an external panel, based on the submitted Expression of Interest, and your demonstrated capacity.

How it works

  1. Creative Recovery Mentorship and Training

Successful applicants will participate in a series of training and mentoring sessions to develop Creative Recovery skills, including but not limited to:

  • Creative Recovery
  • Accidental counselling/Psychological First Aid
  • Arts Based Therapy
  • Grant writing and Project planning.

Note: The training schedule will be provided with the Letter of Agreement to successful applicants.

  1. Development of Creative Recovery Projects

Through a series of one-on-one mentoring clinics, you will be mentored to develop a project plan that is ready for implementation including sourcing funding and support. You are encouraged to work with other participants to develop collaborative projects, to maximise resources and in-kind support.

  1. Creative Recovery Project Pitch and Co-Design Workshops Saturday 1 June

Pitch your project to a panel comprising council staff and creative recovery experts, then participate in a Co-design Workshop to incorporate the panel’s feedback and workshop your project with your cohort and council staff.

  1. Submit your final project plan by Sunday 16 June

Following the Co-Design workshop, you will have two weeks to refine and submit your final project plan. Based on the submitted final project plan, up to two projects will be selected for implementation, and the artists paid seed funding of $8,000 to help carry out their project. Up to two artists may collaborate on a single project in order to maximise resources.

Note: The seed funding may not cover all project costs, and artists are expected to source other funding to cover remaining costs.

To find out more, please read the Creative Recovery Mentoring Program Expression of Interest Fact Sheet or email the Arts and Cultural Development Officer at

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, a group or collective can submit an expression of interest, however only one stipend is available per EOI.

  • Yes, we encourage participants to collaborate on projects to make the best use of resources.
  • Public liability Insurance is required if your project proposal is accepted for implementation, however you do not need Public Liability Insurance to participate in the mentoring program.
  • Arts and Cultural Staff are happy to assist by recommending potential insurers. Costs are often less than anticipated, with some artists able to secure cover for less than $80 a year.
  • Applications will be assessed by an external panel, similar to the assessment of RADF applications, to make sure the process will be as impartial and transparent as possible.
  • Once a cohort is selected, the training schedule will be negotiated with participants and providers to ensure flexibility and accessibility.
  • Yes, you may take the opportunity to receive the training and mentorship as professional development without continuing further.
  • The 2024 program has limited funding available. We hope that the 2024 program will be a pilot for a broader program in the future.
  • Your project proposal is not judged on your pitch presentation. Pitching your project to a panel is part of the co-design process. It’s a way getting feedback and work-shopping your project with your cohort and council staff, and identifying and working out any issues that you might not have seen yourself.
  • Unfortunately, there is limited funding available for arts and culture across Australia, and funding in the region is particularly tight. However, we have worked hard to make the program as non-competitive as possible, while still providing sufficient funding to achieve the purpose.

    All participants will receive a stipend for the mentoring phase of the program and will receive a significant professional development opportunity in addition which will open up more opportunities in the future. All participants will also have developed a “shovel ready” project ready to submit for further funding opportunities.

    Artists are also encouraged to collaborate on project proposals to make the most of the resources available. We are open to suggestions, and there will be an induction held at the start of the program, where participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm options for allocating funding.


Wednesday 21 February

Arts and Cultural Forum- Creative Recovery focus

Launch of the Creative Recovery Mentorship Program

Wednesday 21 February

EOIs open for program participation

Sunday 7 April

Applications for mentorship program close.

Friday 19 April

Mentorship participants notified

Thursday 2 May

Induction session 5pm to 7pm

2 May to 30 June

Mentoring and training sessions including one on one mentoring sessions

Saturday 1 June

Project Pitch session and Co-Design Workshop

Sunday 16 June

Final Project Plan deadline

Friday 21 June

Successful applicant/s notified

Sunday 30 June

Seed Funding Payment deadline

Monday 30 September

Evaluation Due

The Creative Recovery Mentoring Program is a collaboration between Community Recovery and Resilience, Community Development, and the Arts and Cultural teams and is a Council Initiative under the Regional Artists Development Fund. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gympie Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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