Grant Programs for Native Artists

Adorned Sway by Yatika Fields

Manilla Basket Set by Spring Angel Van Brunt (Colville)

The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center recognizes the importance of supporting the arts at the sourceby supporting artists themselves. Each year, the Longhouse issues a call for grant proposals for Native artists living in Washington and Oregon. Since 2006, Native artists working in a variety of media have been awarded funding to create new work, gain skills, acquire tools and materials, pass along cultural knowledge, and much more.

The 2017 Native Creative Development Grant Cycle is now open. Applications
due October 10, 2017

Download the 2017 Application and Guidelines (PDF).

Applicants must be American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian residing in Washington or Oregon. Grant applications for all forms of visual, performance-based arts, media and literary arts from $2,500 to $5,000 are accepted.

The Native Creative Development Program was designed to address the professional development needs of individual artists, such as purchasing supplies and materials, harvesting resources, portfolio development, apprenticeships, workshop fees, training in marketing, and teaching workshops.

Questions about the grant and application process can be directed to Laura Grabhorn: (360) 867-6413,

Tips for a Competitive Grant Application

Past Grant Winners

Regional Grant Programs

Longhouse Native Creative Development Program 2006 Winners (PDF)

The Native Creative Development Program Application (Word | PDF)
Sample Budget (Word | PDF)


The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College and Artist Trust have teamed up to provide a new resource for Native artists who live in the Pacific Northwest. Funding support comes from the Tulalip tribes, the Ford Foundation, the Fund for Folk Culture, and Artist Trust.

Successful applicants will also have an optional opportunity to participate in Artist Trust's EDGE program, which helps artists identify marketing strategies. Randy Capoeman (Quinault), Shaun Peterson (Tulalip/Puyallup), and Lisa Telford (Haida) are examples of Native artists who have participated in the EDGE program in the past and have found it rewarding.

Six grants will be awarded, in the amount up to $2,000. Proposals may be for less than $2,000 (for example, you want to take a class that totals $1,700, with materials) but cannot exceed $2,000, unless you can demonstrate other funding sources to reach the total budget amount.

Please submit six images of your work in a JPG format. Keep in mind that the quality of your images is considered when reviewing your application.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Longhouse's staff and Advisory Board.

Questions? Contact:
Laura GrabhornAssistant Director
(360) 867-6413

Native Artists-in-Residence

Our Artist-in-Residence program brings established Native artists to tribal reservation sites and to Evergreen to train and encourage other Native artists. It has impacted a wide variety of people in a myriad of ways over the past ten years.

At times, the focus of the residencies was to preserve almost-lost art forms, such as Ravenstail weaving and bentwood box-making.

Over the years, the residencies have included traditional and contemporary visual arts, as well as performance arts. The first artist-in-residence was Bruce subiyay Miller, who conducted a six-month storytelling residency at the Skokomish Tribe.

Participants over the years have ranged in age from preschool through adult, and include artists from many tribal cultures. In 2005, the Longhouse established a partnership with Te Waka Toi/Creative New Zealand to fund a pilot program for Maori artists to work in residence at the Longhouse for twelve weeks each spring. Christina Hurihia Wirihana was the first Maori artist-in-residence to join the Longhouse in the Spring of 2006. The network and the opportunities continue to grow.

Funding support comes from the Ford Foundation.