AceShowbiz - Chance The Rapper has pledged to donate $1 million (£766,000) to mental health services in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.
The "No Problem" hitmaker made the announcement during the second annual summit for his nonprofit organisation SocialWorks on Thursday, October 04, telling attendees that six different mental wellness providers would receive grants of $100,000 (£76,600) each to begin with.
"With the help of SocialWorks, we want to change the way that mental health resources are being accessed by you," he said, according to Billboard.com.
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The #socialworkssummit was a huge success, it was great getting to announce our new projects heading into the next quarter. But even more important was giving u guys transparency and a look into how all our projects work. We want you to understand all the mechanics of each grant, fund and event we put together, 1 because you deserve to know and 2 in hopes that you want to actively participate somehow. The 1st year report for the new chance fund is now available online at the @socialworks_chi website and pretty soon the physical booklet will be made available. I’m so proud of this small team that put it all together and very grateful for this city and the world at large for being so supportive of the efforts, wghether financially or thru volunteering. Looking fwd to #MyStateOfMind and 2nd tier of #NewChanceFund schools
His organisation also announced a new initiative called "My State of Mind" which will focus on improving mental health resources within Cook County, Illinois. As part of the drive, a guidebook will be published both physically and digitally to help people find the right resources for them.
"We need a new space to get information on how they feel and where they can go," Chance said.
Last year, the rapper, real name Chancelor Bennett, donated $1 million to public schools in Chicago and created the "New Chance Arts and Literature Fund", which helps "bring arts programmes and materials to schools".
At the summit on Thursday, the rapper announced the New Chance fund would be extended for another year and would be distributing $2 million (£1.5 million) between another 20 schools, with the help of companies like Google.