Bill Holm Center
Lou-ann Neel at the Bill Holm Center

Photo: Burke Museum

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 & Contact page).

We are currently migrating content from our old website to the new website. Please note that what is displayed here does not fully represent the scope of Bill Holm Center grants and will continue to be updated as we move forward. If you have questions about current and past grant-funded projects, please contact

Tsimshian artist David A. Boxley’s journey to replicate a feast dish in the Burke Museum collection.

Noted 19th century Haida carver Charles Edenshaw with the chest.

“As I was carving this chest front I felt like I was reconnecting with my ancestor.” – Christian White, Bill Holm Center grant recipient.

Kéet Ooxú (Killer Whale Teeth) (left, far right): Shgen George, Tlingit, 2014

Connections to older artworks often provide the spark that keeps Native artists inspired in today's growing art scene. 

Past Grant Recipients
Grant Opportunities

Online grant applications are now closed.

On February 15, 2015, we began accepting grant applications for research grants and workshop grants to be carried out between October 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016. Grant applications were due on August 15, 2015. Please check back in early 2016 to find out when out next grant application period begins.

Museum Research Grants for Visiting Artists and Researchers

The Museum Research Grants for visiting artists and researchers 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, Idaho, Oregon).

Graduate Fellowship

We encourage University of Washington graduate students to apply for the Bill Holm Center Graduate Fellowship. This fellowship will fund UW graduate students doing research and writing on Native art of the Pacific Northwest region.

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