For 2012 Grant Round

Thank you for your interest in the International Buster Keaton Society’s Porkpie Scholar Grant Program. As you prepare your application, please refer to the Guidelines below and use them to craft your application. This application consists of four sections that need to be completed by the grant applicant:

• Cover Sheet

• Description of the Project

• Budget

• Supporting Documents

NOTE: This application can be completed electronically by typing in this MSWord document. When you are finished, we recommend that you can save a copy of your completed application on your computer before emailing your completed application as an attachment to


Grant applications must be submitted by email to: (Be sure to put “Application for Grant” or “Porkpie Scholar Grant” in the subject line.)

If for some reason your application cannot be sent electronically, please contact us at to see if other arrangements will be permitted. Your application must be received no later than December 15, 2011. We will attempt to send you a confirmation email when we receive your application. If, for some reason, you do not receive confirmation, please contact us at either or

Statement of Purpose

The International Buster Keaton Society (also known as “The Damfinos”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1992 with the purpose of fostering understanding and perpetuating appreciation of the life, career and films of comedian/filmmaker Buster Keaton. The group advocates for historical accuracy about Keaton’s life and work, encourages dissemination of information and research about Keaton, and endorses preservation and restoration of Keaton’s films and performances. The Damfinos strive to do all of the above with a sense of humor that includes an ongoing awareness of the surreal and absurd, and the joy with which Keaton made his films.

The Porkpie Scholar Grant Program was established in 2008 with a substantial gift from a member of our organization who wishes to remain anonymous. The Damfinos matched that gift to create the seed money for this grant program. Our intention is to provide support for authors, artists, film preservationists, filmmakers, composers and others who are contributing to the ongoing understanding and appreciation of the life and work of Buster Keaton.


Porkpie Scholar

Grant Program Application Cover Sheet

Name: _______________________________________________________

Mailing Address: ________________________________________________

City: _________________________________________________________

State: _________________________________________________________

Zip Code: ______________________________

Telephone (Daytime/Work): _____________________________________

Email: __________________________________________

Project Title: _________________________________________

Brief Description of Project: __________________________________

(attach more pages as necessary)


Application Checklist

  • Application Cover Sheet
  • Description of Project
  • Budget
  • Supporting Documents
  • Brief Biography or Resume of Applicant
  • Letters of Recommendation (1 to 3)
  • Any other supporting material that will help us to understand why you and your project should receive this grant.

Porkpie Scholar

Grant Program Application Description of Project

(no more than 5 pages – send as attachment when applying)


Porkpie Scholar

Grant Program Application Budget

What is the estimated total budget cost of the project?

What other funders are you approaching or have you approached for this project?

What funds have already been committed to this project?

Please describe how the Porkpie Scholar Grant funds will be used to complete your project:



Complete assembled applications must be received online by Wednesday, December 15, 2011.

Grant recipients will be announced in 2012. Good Luck!


Right-mouse here to download this page as a Word document. If you do not have Word, highlight and copy/paste the text into any text program and send the file as an attachment to: