A $25,000 grant to support a thorough examination of the growing numbers of refugees and foreign-born people living in the Washington area has been made to the Community Foundation of Greater Washington by Chevron U.S.A.

The foundation's examination is designed to produce an agenda to help private sector donors and local governments meet the newcomers' needs.

The study is the foundation's second on the subject of foreign-born people who have come to this country in the past five years. In 1983, the foundation funded a study that revealed that there were approximately 200,000 to 250,000 foreign newcomers in the Washington area, or one of every 12 residents.

The current study is expected to update, expand and evaluate the 1983 findings; determine the percentages of ethnic origins; list the services being provided to the newcomers by service providers and local governments; interview service providers, local officials and newcomers, and convene a panel of local donors, government officials and experts on the issue to discuss opportunities for collaborative efforts and coalition building in order to achieve more effective grant-making.

The Community Foundation of Greater Washington is a tax-exempt public foundation that receives and distributes funds from individuals, corporations and foundations.