Bill Holm Center


The Bill Holm Center offers research grants to Native artists and other researchers as well as University of Washington graduate students who are interested in Northwest Native Art. Applications are reviewed by the Bill Holm Center advisory board and awarded once a year in the spring. 

The Bill Holm Center’s Connections to Culture grant program is funded in part by support from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Connections to Culture has significantly increased the Bill Holm Center's capacity to support artists and arts organizations.

Would you like to help fund these grants? We welcome your online gifts or you may call us to discuss further ways you could support the center (contact information is available on the People and Contact page).

Grant Opportunities

The 2017-18 Bill Holm Center grant cycle will open on March 15, 2017. Applications will be due on May 15, 2017. 

Please contact the BHC at if you have any questions.

Visiting Artist/Researcher Grants

The Visiting Artist/Researcher Grants is intended to give artists and other researchers access to the cultural collections at the Burke for research on art from the Pacific Northwest region (Alaska, British Columbia, Washington State, and Oregon). Proposals from artists and researchers whose projects would benefit from the study of the Burke Museum’s Living Cultures collection, including paper and photographic archives (and other UW resources), are particularly encouraged.

Search the collections database. Browse a selection of objects in the Northwest Coast and Plateau collections, search baskets or search all objects in the Burke Museum Culture Collection.

Collections-Based Workshops Grants

The Collections-Based Workshops Grants are intended to provide funds for artists, communities, or arts organizations to host workshops onsite at the Burke Museum with the option of a follow-up workshop offsite at a local community. These grants support projects that involve or benefit the community and address understanding and creation of Native arts. Workshops must relate to the Indigenous arts of the greater Pacific Northwest (Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon).

Past Grant Recipients
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