Chicago native and Grammy winner Chance the Rapper announced on Friday that his non-profit organization SocialWorks has raised $2.2 million that will be given to 20 CPS schools for arts education programs.
“Funding for public schools is the single most important investment a community can make,” said 24-year-old Chance the Rapper.
The principals of the 20 schools only recently found out they’d been selected based on their schools’ needs and their budgetary restrictions. One of the reasons these particular schools were selected is because of the innovation of the individual principals. They’ve come up with ways to use this newly-found cash to go a step beyond the basics and provide exciting experiences for their students. Principals from the 20 schools that were selected committed to funding fully-staffed arts programs at their school for the length of the grant. Each school will receive $100,000 over the next three years.
This is part of the $1 million the rapper pledged to schools back in March. At that time he also agreed to donate $10,000 for every $100,000 donated by other groups to support Chicago schools. Nine schools have already received funds from that pledge.