MISSION: To foster cultural understanding through the enrichment and development of youth-related performing arts programs throughout Monterey County, California. 

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 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 arts programs currently existing in our schools and community organizations, 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 next deadline for grant requests is June 15, 2018. 

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 in Monterey County, CA.. Our grants are designed to supplement existing programs by providing funding for capital technical expense (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, scholarships, tuition relief, and more. We also fund reimbursement of discounted or free tickets for students and their families for local productions. Please note that the foundation does not fund salaries, operating costs or office/publicity materials. The Board of Directors will review requests and approve funding three times a year.  Board meetings take place normally in August/September, January/February and May/June. Please see “Guidelines for Grants” by clicking this link.  http://starfoundationmc.org/?p=981




S.T.A.R. announces winners of 2018 Performing Arts Scholarships

With the inclusion of the three recipients it will bring the total of students receiving S.T.A.R. scholarships to

(45) forty-five and a total of over $90,000 granted.

S.T.A.R. is proud to help continue and encourage participation in the performing arts.

2018 Scholarship Recipients:

Victoria Favilla,  Salinas High School

Lauren Yhip, Salinas High School

Tyler Koran, Salinas High School



New Grants Announced

Announcing the latest grants for the cycle ending Jan.1, 2018

Camerata Singers: $1000.00 for youth tickets

Chamber Music Monterey Bay: $3000.00 for youth ticket cost

Future Citizen’s Foundation, Salinas: $3000.00 to help with transportation to Performing Arts Enrichment Activities

The International School of Monterey: $5000.00 for equipment for multi-use stage

Monterey Bay Charter School: $5000.00 for instrument refurbishment

Monterey County Dance Foundation, King City: $990.00 for youth tickets

Monterey Jazz Festival: $5000.00  for the Next Gen Festival

Monterey Symphony: $3000.00 to help with youth transportation

Ord Terrace Elementary, Marina: $3500.00 for new stage curtain

Paraphrase Productions: $4283.00 for scenic elements

Sol treasures, King City: $5000.00 for youth tickets and or mics

Sunset Center:$3000.000 to help transport youth to events

YOSAL,Salinas: $5000.00 for instruments and related supplies