Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) and ward councillor Math Campbell-Sturgess have welcomed the news that the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock is to receive funding support from the Scottish Government.
The news of £100,000 this financial year, followed by £500,000 before 31 March 2017 came as Mr McMillan highlighted how he had been liaising with the Scottish Government to ensure support was forthcoming for the centre.
Commenting, Mr McMillan said:
“I’m delighted the Beacon Arts Centre has secured funding from the Scottish Government, over the next three years.
“I have been working behind the scenes, for some time, to ensure the Beacon receives the support it requires, therefore I am pleased we have managed to come to a positive outcome.
“It highlights another example of the Scottish Government assisting the Inverclyde community, coming on the back of the support provided to Ferguson late last year.
“I hope the Beacon Arts Centre can now go on to showcase many excellent arts and cultural events for years to come.”
Adding his comments, Cllr Campbell-Sturgess added;
“This is a very welcome decision by the Scottish government to contribute £600,000 to the capital funding the council are making to the Beacon.
“Combined with the revenue funding of £600,000 over the next three years from Creative Scotland, this will help safeguard the 61 jobs at the Beacon, which I know will be welcomed by my constituents, many of whom are regular attendees.”