A $25,000 grant to support an 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 a comprehensive agenda to help rivate sector donors and local governments meet the newcomers' needs.

The study is the foundation's second on the subjct of foreign-born people who hav come to this country in the past five years.

In 1983, the foundation funded a study that revealed that at the time there were approiximately 200,000 to 250,000 foreign newcomers in the Washington area, which means one person out 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; and convene a blue ribbon panel comprised 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.