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

Thank you for supporting our projects and for your donations to our Monterey County Cares campaign. We are now in the process of reviewing our purpose and best use of our funds. We are happy to accept donations via this website. Please stay tuned for updates once we decide our future options. 

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

S.T.A.R will hold off accepting grant applications for the near future while we access the best use of our existing funds. Thank you for your patience. 

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 generally twice a year. Please see “Guidelines for Grants” by clicking this link.  http://starfoundationmc.org/?p=981




Announcing 2019 Performing Arts Scholarship Recipients

The S.T.A.R. Foundation announces the recipients of the 2019 Performing Arts Scholarships

The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County (Support The Arts Regionally) Scholarship program has existed to help graduating Monterey County high school seniors pursue their interest in the performing arts beyond the secondary school setting. Scholarship awards are available for students having an interest in acting, musical theater, vocal and/or instrumental music, related technical skills, playwriting, performing arts management in a college or in an extracurricular program while enrolled in college. Generally students attending a two-year college will receive $500.00 each year. 

Students attending a four-year college will receive $1000.00 per year. 

Since 2012  S.T.A.R. has distributed $116,000 in college scholarships.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

Cesar Avila: Salinas, Anzar High School

Isaiah Boulware: Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove High School

Gabrielle Flanders: Seaside, Ocean Grove Charter School/MPC 

Ryan Hebert: Salinas, Trinity Christian High School

Luke Herzog: Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove High School

Pablo Mendoza-Contreras: Soledad, Gonzales High School

Mercedes Soto: Gonzales, Gonzales High School

Christian Vela: King City, Marina High School 

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