Cabinet secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop announced the cash for The Year of Creative Scotland at a special event in Elder Park in Govan.
Children from Riverside Primary and St Saviours Primary and representatives of the Friends of George Wyllie floated paper boats to mark the cash boost.
They have received investment to work with communities in Glasgow and Inverclyde on initiatives including 'Big Little Paper Boats' school project, where children create an Origami Line of paper boats to be exhibited at the George Wyllie Retrospective exhibition in November.
Glasgow-born sculptor George Wyllie is noted for his work Paper Boat – an 80ft paper boat which was exhibited in Glasgow and New York (inset).
He will celebrate the end of the Year of Creative Scotland on Hogmanay, also his 91st birthday, with the launch of thousands of Big Little Paper Boats along the Clyde from the Riverside Museum.
Ms Hyslop said: "We have experienced an overwhelming level of interest in the Year of Creative Scotland's funding programmes, demonstrating the remarkable impact that the Year is having on Scotland's communities.
"Supported initiatives, like the Big Little Paper Boats project, are helping to showcase, celebrate and promote Scotland's cultural and creative strengths."
The money brings the total investment by the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland in The Year of Creative Scotland 2012 to nearly £8m.