Project Limelight founders Maureen Webb and Donalda Weaver issued a statement Sunday saying they are "deeply saddened" after the actor was found dead in Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel on Saturday.
Monteith, whom Webb encouraged to take acting classes when he was 19 and living in Nanaimo, used his role as an ambassador for Virgin Unite, the non-profit wing of Richard Branson's corporation, to get a $26,550 grant for the project, The Globe and Mail reported.
Monteith had dinner with Webb just days before he was found dead, Global News reported.
"I really think kids need a place to go and feel like they belong," Monteith said in a promotional video for the program.
Project Limelight offers young artists aged eight to 15 years old in the Downtown