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Embassy News 2010

U.S. Department of State Awards Grants to Quake-Affected Binational Centers

June 3, 2010
From left to right: Patricio Centeno, president of the Board, BNC Valparaiso; U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Paul Simons, and Soledad Vivar, director, Binational Center Valparaiso. (Photo: BNC Valparaiso)

From left to right: Patricio Centeno, president of the Board, BNC Valparaiso; U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Paul Simons, and Soledad Vivar, director, Binational Center Valparaiso. (Photo: BNC Valparaiso)

The United states Ambassador in Chile, Paul Simons, announced that the U.S. Department of State will award USD 419,000 to the Chilean-American Binational Centers in Concepción, Chillán, Curicó, Valparaíso, and Santiago that were affected by the February 27th earthquake.

Ambassador Simons explained that these grants were part of an assistance package specially created to repair the damaged or destroyed binational centers in Chile and Haiti and support their educational and cultural projects.

Institutes in the following cities affected by the quake will receive grants in these amounts:

Concepción: USD 138,000
Chillán: USD 41,500
Curicó: USD 103,000
Valparaíso: USD 105,000
Santiago: USD 32,000

These grants are part of the U.S. Government’s continuing support to the binational centers, the first of which was founded in Chile in 1938.  The centers work to build bridges of understanding between Chile and the people of the United States.