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Research Grants

Grants to Support Research

Focused on the Inland Communities that Rep. George Brown Loved and Served. Also Honoring His Late Wife Marta M. Brown, a Community Leader in Her Own Right

Announced in March 2022 and starting Summer 2022

Through its Leadership Circle, the George Brown Legacy Project will make an annual award of $1,000 each to a continuing undergraduate (sophomore, junior, or senior) or graduate (MA/MS or PhD) student at UC Riverside and CSU-San Bernardino.

This award will be known at the George E. and Marta M. Brown Research Grant.

The award will support nonpartisan research, analysis, reporting, or publishing that addresses 3 areas of public policy of particular interest to Congressman George Brown (1920–1999): Diversity, economic equity, and the environment in the Inland Region of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Topics may include access to science and technology by under-represented communities, public representation by women, people of color, and LGBT, religious minority, and native people; changes in the labor force and integration of immigrants and immigrant families; and wildlife protection, water, and waste policies.

Two other goals of the award are:

Retention in the region of students and young people from diverse and long-ignored populations and on-ramps for these scholars to civic and professional opportunities.

Recognition of contributions to the economy, innovation, sustainability, and overall community life of the Inland Region by long-ignored populations.

Criteria for selection of finalists include:

  • Completed letter of application for the award;

  • Demonstrated work on nonpartisan research, analysis, reporting, or publishing in at least 1 of the 3 areas of public policy that were among the priorities of Rep. George Brown: Diversity, economic equity, and the environment in the Inland Region of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties;

  • Continued presence in San Bernardino or Riverside counties;

  • Awareness of the lives, values, public and community service, and impacts of Congressman George Brown and his wife Marta M. Brown (1944–2021); and

  • Financial need for support to continue or fulfill a current or planned project.

To apply or for more information, please call (202) 329-7202 or send an email to with email subject "George and Marta Brown research grant."

About the Leadership Circle

Recognition of finalists will occur each March, in honor of Brown’s birthday

on March 6, and will launch in Summer 2022, as part of the ongoing commemoration of the George E. Brown centennial in 2020.

An annual reception in November will commemorate the birthday of the late Marta Brown, on November 29.

Each annual award will begin at $1,000, paid for by interest on an endowment.

Sponsorship Levels:

All gifts are tax-deductible, payable to George E. Brown Fund/IE Community Foundation (IECF). For more information, please call GBLP director Hans Johnson at 202-329-7202 or

Keep George's Legacy Alive

Here are some ways you can donate:

In Person

Inland Empire Community Foundation Riverside Office
3700 Sixth Street, Suite 200
Riverside, CA 92501


Go to:
And choose: George E. Brown Fund 

Over the Phone

It's easy to donate offline, too.

Call Project Director Hans Johnson:


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