S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support The Arts Regionally) was founded in 2009 to support youth-related theatrical arts throughout Monterey County. In the fall of 2013 it changed focus to include all youth-related performing arts.  Studies show that participation in, and expression through, the arts helps to develop a young person’s thinking skills and and social interactions. As the student’s awareness of his own identity and his environment are explored, his understanding of the world around him deepens. It is S.T.A.R. Foundation’s hope to better society by providing the stage whereby personal discovery can occur. Educational programs can be a vital vehicle for this growth. But, often times, the financial support for the continuity of these programs is either insufficient or not forthcoming. S.T.A.R. Foundation provides needed funding for the enrichment of theater programs currently existing in our schools and community theaters, and assists in developing new youth programs where there are none. It is the belief of the Board of Directors of S.T.A.R. Foundation that the power of self-discovery and identity is the key to cooperative societal interaction. Participation through positive multi-cultural performing arts programs is an important aspect in understanding all people and all ethnicities.


S.T.A.R. Foundation Grants

The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County supports youth-related performing arts activities in Monterey County. We provide support for programs operating under the umbrella of a non-profit organization. Our grants are designed to supplement existing programs by providing funding for technical equipment (e.g., lighting, sound and musical equipment), augment instruction by providing guest artists/docents in acting, make-up, scenic, sound and lighting design, maintenance of musical instruments, and more. We also will fund programs providing discounted tickets for students and their families for local productions.  The Board of Directors will entertain ideas and approve funding on a quarterly basis. There are no deadlines to apply. Board meetings take place usually in August, November, February and May.

 HOW TO APPLY:  Interested organizations should send a letter and attachment (via email is fine) explaining the needs and program, as well as any budgetary information, including sources of other funding to Susanne Mentzer, Administrator: susanne@starfoundationmc.org


Announcing our New Name

We are happy to announce that as of August 8, 2014  S.T.A. R. will stand for Support The Arts Regionally to reflect the growing scope of our support for the performing arts in Monterey County.

Founder and Executive Director Reg Huston and the S.T.A.R. Foundation are profiled



Attention: High School Students Seniors!

DEADLINE April 30, 2015 S.T.A.R. Foundation High School Performing Arts Scholarship Awards for 2015-16 The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support The Arts Regionally) Scholarship program exists to help graduating high school seniors pursue their interests in the performing arts beyond the secondary education setting. Scholarship awards are available for students having an interest in acting, musical theater, vocal and  instrumental music,  related technical skills, writing, management, etc., whether in a college or community program. The awards will announced at the end of the 2015-16 academic year. To apply, interested students must submit the following by April [...read more.]