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. 

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

Bill Holm Center grants are now closed. If you have any questions please contact us at

Visiting Artist/Researcher Grant (oversize collections only)

The Visiting Artist/Researcher Grant program provides funds for artists/researchers to travel to the Burke Museum’s offsite storage facility to study our oversize collections—such as canoes. Proposals from artist/researchers whose projects would benefit from the study of these collections are encouraged. If needed, Bill Holm Center staff will help researchers and artists identify which collections are the best suited to provide the resources appropriate for their interests. Grants will be awarded for a period of 1-3 days of research time plus 2 travel days. Grant awards include a per diem to cover meals plus travel costs. All visits must be completed by December 31, 2018. Search the collections database.

Workshop Grants

The Workshop Grants are intended to provide funds for artists, communities, or arts organizations to host multi-day workshops offsite in a local community. These grants support projects that involve or benefit the community and address understanding and creation of Indigenous arts of the greater Pacific Northwest. Open to Native artists and organizations in Oregon and Washington. Proposals that include opportunities for intergenerational knowledge sharing are encouraged.

The workshop grant will cover all costs of workshops, including travel, lodging, per diem, and venue fees. A budget for onsite and/or offsite materials and an instructor fee should be submitted. The workshop budgets can request support for a range of funding up to $4,000. You may apply for a smaller grant or you may use this as a partial funding for a project with a larger budget that has funding from other sources. All workshops must be completed by December 31, 2018.

New! Mentor-Apprenticeship Grant

The Mentor-Apprenticeship Grant provides funding to support mentor artists in transference of cultural and artistic knowledge with apprentices. Applications are open to Native artists in Oregon and Washington interested and qualified to mentor an apprentice of their choosing.

If needed, Bill Holm Center staff will help facilitate connections between mentor and apprentice appropriate for their art form and cultural interests. We will provide up to $4,000 in funding for teaching, supplies, and travel for mentor and apprentice artists. All Mentor-Apprenticeship Grants must be completed by December 31, 2018. 

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